May 30, 2024
President Buhari appoints new military chiefs in Nigeria
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President Buhari appoints new military chiefs in Nigeria

 

After many years of criticism over insecurity in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed new military chiefs to tackle insecurity in the nation.

While announcing the new chiefs, President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their ‘overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country’,” the presidency spokesman said.

According to Reuters, some of the chiefs had resigned while others retired.

The agency, stated that hopes were high after initial successes pushing back Islamist Boko Haram insurgents in 2015 and 2016, but with the rise of Islamic State’s West African branch, formerly part of Boko Haram, the military ceded many of its gains.

“Now, swathes of the northeast of Africa’s most populous country and biggest oil producer are out of government control, with soldiers hunkered down in defensive positions and regularly killed by insurgents while on patrol.

“Armed gangs have surged through Nigeria’s northwest since Buhari was first elected in 2015, kidnappers patrol many of the country’s roads and conflict between farmers and herdsmen has frequently spiked. In the Gulf of Guinea where Nigeria’s offshore oil wealth is concentrated, piracy is on the rise.”

It added: “Leo Irabor was named to the powerful Chief of Defence Staff post, which oversees the main military branches, the presidency spokesman said, while I. Attahiru, A.Z. Gambo and I.O. Amao would command the army, navy and air force respectively.”

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