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CHANGE OF GUARDS: In: Olonishakin, Buratai, Ibas Out: Badeh, Minimah, Jibrin

President Muhammadu Buhari Effects Changes In Top Echelon Of Military, Retiring Inherited Service Chiefs And Ending Their Service With The Military

Tony Ailemen, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of new Service Chiefs just as he ended romance of those he inherited from the past administration with military service.

Those he empowered to lead his charge for a new military are MajorGeneral Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin who becomes Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General T.Y. Buratai who becomes Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas who takes office as Chief of Naval Staff and Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar who took over as Chief of Air Staff.

Maj.Gen. Buratai who hails from Borno State, was until his new appointment, Commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force fighting the Boko Haram insurgency. The force is domiciled in Ndjamena, the capital of Chad Republic.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina disclosed that President Buhari also approved the appointment of Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan as Chief of Defence Intelligence while Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd.) becomes National Security Adviser (NSA).

The new Chief of Defence Staff, Maj.-Gen. Olonishakin hails from Ekiti State and was until his new charge Head of the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command in Minna, Niger State. Maj-Gen. Buratai has previously served as Commander of 2nd Brigade in Port Harcourt and Commander of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry in Jaji, Kaduna State.

The new Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibas hails from Cross River State and was enlisted into the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of the 26th Regular Course in 1979. He was commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant in 1983. He had been Naval Provost Marshal, Chief Staff Officer, Naval Training Command; Chief of Administration, Naval Headquarters; Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command and Chief of Logistics, Naval Headquarters.

Until his appointment as Chief of Naval Staff, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Navy Holdings Limited. The new Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Abubakar, hails from Bauchi State. He had held service offices as Chief of Standards and Evaluation, NAF Headquarters; Chief of Defence Communications and Air Officer Commanding, NAF Training Command. Until his new appointment, he was Chief of Administration at NAF Headquarters in Abuja.

Meanwhile, the statement said the new service chiefs will hold their appointments in an acting capacity until confirmed by the Senate. Adesina also noted that President Buhari thanked the outgoing Service Chiefs and National Security Adviser for their services to the nation and wishes them well in their future endeavours.

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