- Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar is leaving office with his head held high after serving as Nigeria's chief of air staff
- Sadique handed the mantle of leadership to Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao on Friday, January 29
- The outgoing chief of air staff expressed gratitude to everyone who supported his tenure
Two days after his resignation as the chief of air staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar handed over to his successor officially.
The outgoing chief of air staff in a series of tweets sighted by Legit.ng urged Nigerians to extend support to Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao as he takes over the mantle of leadership.
Recall that President Buhari in a tweet via his official Twitter handle noted that he accepted the immediate resignation of Abubakar and other service chiefs and their retirement from service.
The handover ceremony took place on Friday, January 29, following his exit after serving in the position for five years.
According to him, Amao is an experienced fighter pilot and an innovative leader who will add significant value.
Sadique, the 20th chief of air staff thanked all those who supported him to succeed in his tenure.
Why Buhari sacked Buratai, others
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the presidency finally lifted the lids on the appointment of the new service chiefs, saying the decision was based on the need to rejig the security structure of the country.
Femi Adesina, a media and publicity aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, made this revelation on Tuesday, January 26.
Adesina, who was a guest on Channels TV, said Buhari felt it was time to appoint new service chiefs, hence the decision to bring in new men with fresh ideas and strategy.
Buhari meets with newly appointed service chiefs
In a related development, 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.
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.