- The resignation of Nigeria's service chiefs is expected to have ripple effects on the security outfits
- As a result of this, many top generals are set to be relieved of their duties
- According to sources, this is a standard tradition for command and control
Following the appointment of new service chiefs, there is expected to be a drastic change in the chain of the country's military command.
As a result of this, about 47 generals have reportedly been pencilled for retirement, according to Leadership Newspaper.
The news outlet stated that this was in line with the tradition whenever there was a change of leadership in the military.
Those expected to depart include 16 Air Vice Marshals, 11 Rear Admirals and 20 Major Generals.
Specifically, senior officers of courses 34, 35 and 36 are expected to automatically retire to pave way for younger officers.
With this, the service chiefs will retire along with their principal staff officers and officers commanding.
Those likely to retire in the Nigerian Air Force are:
1. Air Marshal MA Idris,
2. AVM JMD Gwani
3. AVM MO Olatunji
4. AVM MA Yakubu
5. AVM Aliyu Pani
6. AVM RN Ekeh
7. AVM ME Ahmed
8. AVM G Bako
9. AVM CA Ogbeche
10. AVM OR Philip
11. AVM CA Ohwo
12. AVM IO Ojeyemi
13. AVM MI Muktar
14. AVM I Amin
15. AVM LS Alao and others.
Those expected to leave the navy include 10 general officers commanding (GOCs) and principal staff officers (PSO).
Others who are expected to also leave include:
1. Lt Gen LO Adeosun
2. Major General NE Angbazo
3. Major General SA Adebayo
4. Major Gen HI Bature
5. Major Gen John Enenche
6. Major Gen John Malu and others.
Legit.ng had reported that the National Democratic Front (NDF) called on the immediate past service chiefs to ensure that they make themselves available for consultations by the newly appointed successors.
The group said the past service chiefs' wealth of experience can be used by their new colleagues in ending the war against terrorism in Nigeria.
A statement signed by NDF's secretary-general, Bolaji Abudlkadir, and seen by Legit.ng, applauded the numerous efforts and sacrifices made by the outgoing service chiefs.
Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari had met with the newly appointed service chiefs at the State House in Abuja.
The presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said all the new service chiefs were in attendance during the meeting.
He also said that the president had charged the new appointees to be concerned about the morale and welfare of their officers.
The president had on Tuesday, January 26, announced that he has accepted the immediate resignation of the service chiefs.
President Buhari also appreciated the service chiefs for their achievements and efforts at bringing lasting peace and security to Nigeria.