Buratai, other service chiefs resign, President Buhari names replacements
- In what will excite many Nigerians, President Buhari has replaced heads of security agencies
- The Nigerian leader on Tuesday, January 26, announced the names of the service chiefs
- The appointment is coming after Nigerians expressed their displeasure over the performance of the outgoing service chiefs in the fight against insecurity
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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, January 26, announced the appointment of new service chiefs following the resignation of their predecessors.
The Nigerian leader in a tweet via his official Twitter handle noted that he has accepted the immediate resignation of the service chiefs and their retirement from service.
Those involved are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
Legit.ng gathered that the appointments were conveyed in a statement signed by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, and shared on his Facebook page.
The president went on to thank the outgoing service chiefs who were appointed back in 2015 for their overwhelming achievements in efforts to bring enduring peace to the country and wished them well in future endeavours.
The new service chiefs are:
1. Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff
2. Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff
3. Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff
4. Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff.
While congratulating the new service chiefs, Buhari urged them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.
The appointment is coming after several Nigerians, prominent personalities, groups advised Buhari to sack the military chiefs following the spate of insecurity across the country.
Recall that the tragic death of 43 rice farmers in the Jere local government area of Borno state sparked a fresh call for President Buhari to sack the service chiefs due to the worsening insecurity in the country.
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Later on, President Buhari finally admitted that the effort of Nigeria’s security chiefs against insurgency is not enough.
The president made this known in a meeting held with the service chiefs at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday, December 17, 2020.
Buhari bemoaned the abysmal performance of the heads of security agencies in the fight against insurgents in the country.