- Major General Ibrahim Attahiru is officially Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff
- Attahiru took over the mantle of leadership from Lt. General Tukur Buratai on Thursday, January 28
- The new COAS is expected to lead the troops to end the insurgency in the country as soon as possible
Barely 24 hours after his appointment, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru has officially resumed as the new Chief of Army Staff (COSA).
Legit.ng reports that Attahiru succeeds the former occupier of the seat, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, who resigned Monday, January 25.
Buratai's resignation and other ex-service chiefs followed the appointment of the new service chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The handover ceremony was done at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.
General Attahiru was appointed alongside the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Maj-Gen Leo Irabor, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Rear Admiral Gambo and the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshall Isiaka Amao by the president.
The retired Service Chiefs were the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lt-Gen Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief Of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok Ette-Ibas and the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Buhari on Wednesday, January 27, met with the newly appointed service chiefs in State House.
It was reported that this was disclosed by the president's special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, in a brief Facebook post.
The service chiefs in attendance were Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff, Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff and Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff.
He also charged them to be concerned about the morale of their officers and men, saying they should be made to feel physically and professionally secure.
He pledged that the federal government would do its best in terms of equipment and logistics.
In a related report, the presidency explained that according to the Nigerian constitution, some appointments can be done without consideration of the federal character principle.
Adesina said that security is one of the areas where this can be allowed.
The presidential media aide added that what is more important is competence, not necessarily the idea of the federal character or ethnic background of the persons in question.