Army Chief’s Appointment: Nigeria To Spend N700million To Force 29 Generals Out Amid Recession

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PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES NEW CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF MAJ GEN FAROUK YAHAYA  1A-C. President Muhammadu Buhari receives new Chief of Army Staff Maj Gen Farouk Yahaya during an audience at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 7TH 2021

Investigation by SaharaReporters has shown the Nigerian Army will be spending not less than N700 million the of 29 Major-Generals and Brigadier-Generals who will leave the service going by the appointment of Major-General as the Chief of Army Staff.

SaharaReporters learnt the 29 Generals’ benefits would gulp a large chunk of the money, according to the 2017 Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service of the Officers and men of the .

Checks by SaharaReporters showed the 29 Major-Generals are entitled to a brand new Peugeot 508 car, one cook, two residential guards, one service orderly and one service driver.

Chief among the benefits is free medical cover Nigeria and abroad to the tune of $15,000 annually.

The 29 Major-Generals and Brigadier-Generals have already commenced a terminal leave – the prelude to their – which will end June 30.

“The brand new for the exiting generals will cost N464 million while the other logistics and employment of personnel for them will cost N200 million total. The money will come from extra-budgetary allocations to the ,” a source at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.

“Some of them are lobbying but the rule is the rule. Generals Course 36 have to be retired forcefully, since Major-General Yahaya is of the 37th Regular Course.”

SaharaReporters had May 28 reported that President Muhammadu Buhari bypassed no fewer than 24 top senior Nigerian Army officers to appoint Yahaya as the Chief of the Army Staff, according to a document, Seniority Roll Nigerian Army Officers 2021 (Revised) obtained by SaharaReporters.

SaharaReporters had stated that the President, by appointing Yahaya, hitherto the Theatre Commander of Hadin Kai in the North-East and from Regular Course 37, puts the 24 top army officers from Regular Courses 35 and 36, on the path of forceful retirement.

Military sources had said Buhari might have a less qualified Yahaya, from Sokoto State, based on the president’s usual ethnic and religious sentiments as seen in his other various appointments.

Checks by SaharaReporters on the army’s document showed that most of the officers in line of seniority following the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, are from the South-West, or .

Following Attahiru are; “Maj Generals J.O Olawumi from Ekiti, J.O Akomolafe from Kwara, C.O. Ude from Enugu, J. Oyefesobi from Ogun, M.O Uzoh from Abia, C.C. Okonkwo from Imo, M.S.A Aliyu from Zamfara, U.M Muhammed from Niger and B.M Shafa from Ogun.”

are; “N.E. Angbazo from Nasarawa, Y.P. Auta from Kebbi, A.S. Maikobi from Bauchi, B. Ahanotu from Anambra, S.A. Yaro from Bauchi, J. Sarham from Kano, H.E. Ayamasaowei from Bayelsa, O.F. Azinta from Enugu, B.A Akinroluyo from Ondo, KAY Isiyaku from Niger, AT Haman from Borno, A.M. Aliyu from Gombe, H. P. Z. Vintekaba from Taraba, K.O. The Kadiri from Lagos, and IM Yusuf from Yobe.”

The new army chief, Yahaya, now 55 years, commissioned into the Nigerian Army Infantry Corps on September 22, 1990.

When Buhari the present crop of service chiefs only in January, no fewer than 20 generals from the three who were members of courses 34 and 35 were retired to pave way for them.