The new Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, who replaces Buratai was said to have been sacked by him in 2017 as Theatre Commander of Operation Lafia Dole.
According to a report by TheCable, Buratai gave Attahiru an ultimatum to deliver Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau. Attahiru reportedly failed in the task and was sacked as a Theatre Commander in 2017.
A story by the BBC said Attahiru was redeployed to an unspecified post in 2017.
No official reason was given for Maj Gen Ibrahim Attahiru’s removal.