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20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by Weneda(m): 5:55am On Jan 27
No fewer than 20 members of courses 34 and 35 may proceed on retirement as the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday removed service chiefs and appointed a new set of officers to replace them.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari appoints new service chiefs,’ named officers who would head the nation’s armed forces.

According to him, they include Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Major-General I. Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, and the Chief of Air Staff, Air-Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao.

Shortly after the appointment of the service chiefs, sources in the Nigerian Army told The PUNCH that the appointment of the new service chiefs might force no fewer than 20 generals in regiment courses 34 and 35 to retire. While Attahiru is a member of Course 35, Irabor is a member of Course 34.

Earlier in his statement, the Presidential spokesman, Adesina, stated, “President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the service chiefs, and their retirement from service.

“Those involved are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

“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,’ wishing them well in their future endeavours.

“The new service chiefs are: Major-General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff.

“The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.”

20 generals may go

The PUNCH gathered that chief among those expected to retire is Lt. Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, the Chief of Training and Operations, Army headquarters.

He was promoted in 2019 to the same rank as Buratai by the President.

The PUNCH gathered that although many of the senior officers might retire, the service years of some of them might be extended by the new chief of army staff who would need their experience in the ongoing counterinsurgency campaign in the North-East.

It was also learnt that some of them might be posted to the defence headquarters, where they would not be reporting to the chief of army staff.

A retired general said, “We have the dearth of officers with experience in Liberia and Sierra Leone wars because it takes gut to fight these boys (insurgents). They use the same tactics we fought against in Sierra Leone and Liberia. It is not automatic that members of Course 34 and 35 would retire.

“Course 33 has gone, we have 34 and 35. Irabor is Course 34. Attahiru is course 35. About 20 generals in course 34 and 35 may go, but the COAS may retain some of them. He would use his discretion. He would want his course mates to be around him. Some may be posted to the defence headquarters.”

A retired officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, recalled that there was a frosty relationship between Buratai and Attahiru.

Buratai had in 2017 removed Attahiru as Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole following a spate of attacks by the insurgents, including the killing of at least 50 people in a mosque.

Buratai also gave him a deadline to deliver Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau dead or alive within 40 days.

Attahiru had taken over the command in May 2017, from Irabor who is now the CDS, but suicide bombings and attacks on military formations increased drastically under him.

In June, barely a month after he took over, Boko Haram insurgents attacked Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

A month after, a group of geologists and technologists from the University of Maiduguri were ambushed by Boko Haram insurgents at Magumeri area of Borno state. About 12 soldiers who escorted the academics were reportedly killed.

Some staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on the team were also killed in the brutal ambush.

Boko Haram, using four female suicide bombers, also attacked Muna Gari, a suburb of Maiduguri, killing about 14 persons.

Attahiru was subsequently removed and posted out of the combat zone.

In his valedictory speech at the operation, Attahiru had described his posting as routine.

He stated that his team killed five Boko Haram commanders and neutralised 70 terrorists while he was at the helm.

Attahiru had said, “Suffice to note that during the operations, 5 high profile BHT commanders and many foot soldiers were killed, while many other members of the group surrendered owing to the effectiveness of the operations,” Attahiru said in December 2017.

“None kinetic operations were also conducted through coordinated media and information operations that led to the surrender of 72 BHT, who were immediately inducted into Operation SAFE CORRIDOR.

“Furthermore, operational support was also provided to troops of Multinational Joint Task Force during Operation RAWAN KADA in June 2017, which led to the killing of over 70 BHT and the capture of assorted automatic weapons.”

Following the increasing attacks by Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East and banditry in the North-West as well as activities of killer herdsmen in other parts of the country, the National Assembly, the northern socio-political organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum; its counterpart in the South-West and Ohanaeze Ndigbo, called for the removal of the service chiefs, who were appointed in 2015.

But the Presidency has repeatedly dismissed such calls, saying it was the President’s prerogative to appoint and remove heads of the country’s armed forces.

Reacting to the removal of the service chiefs and appointment of new ones, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Niger State Mr Jonathan Vatsa, in an interview with The PUNCH, said the President’s action came late as the military had been bastardised already.

On his part, Kaduna State Christian Association of Nigeria Chairman and Vice Chairman (19 Northern States and Abuja), John Hayab, said the removal of the service chiefs was long overdue.

He stated, “Nigerians have received these changes as something long overdue that is why we will not celebrate much but pray more for them to make a difference.”

Buhari still loaded with nepotism, says Afenifere, faults S’East exclusion

The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, told The PUNCH that the changes were belated. He also wondered why an officer from the South-East was not appointed.

He said, “We are not excited about the belated action of Mr. President. So much has been done to damage the security architecture under nepotism.

“We can only be impressed with the new team when we no longer hear that soldiers are accompanying herders to beat people like it happened in Ogun days back.

“We will want to see inclusive security arrangement to be convinced that normalcy is about to return. We also will like to know why no person was found worthy from the South-East in the new team.”

Hit the ground running, senators tell service chiefs

Also, some Senators asked the newly appointed service chiefs to hit the ground running by tackling the worsening insecurity across the country.

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia South) said, “The appointment of new service chiefs is better late than never. We have been calling for this for a long time now.

“Let us hope that this team would stem the tide of insecurity”.

On his part, Opeyemi Bamidele said, “This is just one out of a number of steps needed to be taken, to tackle insecurity which is making life difficult for Nigerians.

“We should work on the morale of the serving military officers so that they can pursue the war against banditry and insurgency very well”

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Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by richmond500: 6:23am On Jan 27
Crimrburster:
ok
u just quote the entire writeup just to type OK?

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Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by Crimrburster: 6:29am On Jan 27
richmond500:
u just quote the entire writeup just to type OK?
come and beat me.

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Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by juman(m): 6:30am On Jan 27
Irabor hails from Agbor in Delta State.

The new CDS is igbo man.

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Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by Rugaria: 6:36am On Jan 27
juman:
Irabor hails from Agbor in Delta State.

The new CDS is igbo man.
He hasn't told you so..

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Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by Racoon(m): 6:45am On Jan 27
The PUNCH gathered that chief among those expected to retire is Lt. Gen . Lamidi Adeosun, the Chief of Training & Operations, Army headquarters.He was promoted in 2019 to the same rank as Buratai by the President .

The PUNCH gathered that although many of the senior officers might retire, the service years of some of them might be extended by the new chief of army staff who would need their experience in the ongoing counte rinsurgency campaign in the North -East .

It was also learnt that some of them might be posted to the defence headquarters, where they would not be reporting to the chief of army staff.
See how Buhari is promoting unproductivity with his clannishness and nepotism? How can senior officers be reporting to their juniors under whatever guise?

You carry an tested and proven incompetent COAS and leapfrogged him above competent people like Lamidi Adeosun then expect that there will be no disenchantment in the military?

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Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by Yujin(m): 6:47am On Jan 27
There's nothing the current terrorist in Aso Rock will do for the benefit of the indigenous people (You can quote me anywhere). Don't be surprised that there's been heated disagreement on the handling of affairs towards southerners among the passed service chiefs which put a wedge to the plans of the fulanis. These new ones might be the more cooperative ones and shouldn't be celebrated yet. Information reaching me has it that the new CDS is a muslim from Agbor and was instrumental in building the biggest mosque in his hometown. How loyal to the fulanis he'll be will be revealed soon because like I said, this year 2021 will expose 70% of their intentions. I'm still gathering information on the others for better analysis.
Do not rest on your oars yet as a lot is going to happen soon.

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Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by Yujin(m): 6:51am On Jan 27
juman:
Irabor hails from Agbor in Delta State.

The new CDS is igbo man.
Agbor though an Igbo cultural area has a number of Igbo denials there, hence a man needs to individually identify himself before his identity can be cast in stone.

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Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by juman(m): 6:53am On Jan 27
Rugaria:

He hasn't told you so..

Common!
I am from oyun local government area of kwara state, I don't need to tell people to know I be yoruba person.

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Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by juman(m): 7:02am On Jan 27
Yujin:

Agbor though an Igbo cultural area has a number of Igbo denials there, hence a man needs to individually identify himself before his identity can be cast in stone.

OK.
But generally Nigerians know them as igbo.

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Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by celwonder(m): 7:57am On Jan 27
juman:
Irabor hails from Agbor in Delta State.

The new CDS is igbo man.

What makes Agbor Igbo? Agbor speaks a language called Ika and not Igbo

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Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by englishmart(m): 8:03am On Jan 27
If the highest in the echelon is picked, nobody will have to go.

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Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by money121(m): 8:16am On Jan 27
Ok
Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by janedonez(m): 8:17am On Jan 27
Terrible
Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by Slurity(m): 8:17am On Jan 27
BUHARI IS STILL A LISTENER BUT WILL NOT BE PUSHED INTO A RUSH. I LOVE A CALM AND COLLECTED LEADER LIKE HIM. GOD BLESS NIGERIA, GOD BLESS ME, GOD BLESS BUHARI. IF YOU WANT BLESSING TOO, YOU CAN GO SHARE THAT ONE I SENT TO BUHARI.

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Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by CallMeAthena(f): 8:17am On Jan 27
What do I know sef?If you like,sack your wife too.

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Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by Pabloosas(m): 8:17am On Jan 27
Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by passyhansome(m): 8:17am On Jan 27
Nigeria needs help, these guys are cashing out at the expense of human lives God will judge them all

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Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by eastOFwest(m): 8:17am On Jan 27
Weneda:


https://punchng.com/20-generals-may-go-as-buhari-replaces-buratai-service-chiefs/

Of course they have to bring in their own side men to run things for them.

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Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by Elzakzaky: 8:17am On Jan 27
Buratai, oko awo IPOB miscreants

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Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by ArmaniUhuru: 8:18am On Jan 27
Bruratai and the generals should be probe also. Don’t just sack them.

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Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by Judolisco(m): 8:18am On Jan 27
Make dem go na all dis generals jst dey collect big money we no dey see positive results... Na northerners I pity Sha.... U can't even travel to Abuja again dem go kidnap u b4 u enter car

[/b]None kinetic operations were also conducted through coordinated media and information operations that led to the surrender of 72 BHT, who were immediately inducted into Operation SAFE CORRIDOR.[b]
Abeg make person explain dis statement gimme

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Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by Frankyboy1(m): 8:18am On Jan 27
Ok
Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by MANNABBQGRILLS: 8:19am On Jan 27
Anything to move our darling nation forward is what we are after.

Nigeria will be great again in our lifetime.

God bless Nigeria.

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Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by Tyriq: 8:19am On Jan 27
Nothing refreshing about this appointment... Nepotism is curruption!
Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by cathodekazim: 8:20am On Jan 27
Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by aragonchuks(m): 8:20am On Jan 27
And please try to give this boys better gun , not rusted ak47

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Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by dgang: 8:20am On Jan 27
I remember the good old days when we use to watch wrestling and believed everything ... Nah tag team dey sweet pass ... As one wrestler tags his partner in, fight dey pick up ginger straight!

I hope when they tag in new oga soja dem ginger go pick up with the boko boys.
Re: 20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs by Nackzy: 8:20am On Jan 27
Theu should go jore, stupid people, 20 generals, Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen are killing innocent Nigerians on a daily

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