New COAS: Buhari chose national interest above ethnic sentiments, says Magashi




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Defence Minister, Major General Salihi Magashi, has said by appointing Major General Farouk Yahaya as the Chief Army Staff, President Muhamamadu Buhari has put “national interest above ethnic and religious chauvinism”.

He said plans are by the Federal Government to immortalise late Chief Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and others who died in the plane crash.


Yahaya is from Zamfara State and a member the 35 Regular Course the Nigerian Defence Academy.

The Minister in a statement by his Special Assistant Media and Publicity, Mohammad Abdulkadri, described the new Army Chief as “an organic infantry General who is tested and trusted to actualise the national aspirations to restore peace in the dark spots areas of , kidnapping and banditry as well as other allied threats to the nation’s corporate existence.”

According to the statement, “the Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd) has commended the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for the well thought Strategic appointment of Major General Farouk Yahaya, the 22nd Chief of Army Staff as replacement for the late Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru who died in a plane crash alongside ten others last Friday in Kaduna.


“The appointment of General Yahaya, President Buhari has expediently put national interest above ethnic and religious chauvinism by fulfilling all requirements .

“These include his unblemished track records of service, Professional, Command and Operational competences among other yardsticks culminated into his emergence as most suitably qualified new Army boss.

“The Defence Minister expressed optimism in the professional pedigree of the former theatre Commander Operation “Hadin Kai” General Yahaya in sustaining the trajectory of taking offensive and aggressive campaigns to the camps, corridors and cells of the adversaries with a view to obliterating them.

“As a battle Commander with remarkable exploits and considerable experience, exposure and expertise he will be committed to the new battle plans and philosophy of Jointness among and other security agencies in combat which are some of the legacies of his predecessor.

“While pledging the support of the Ministry of Defence his watch to the new Army boss in carrying his mandate, the minister said plans are in the pipeline by the Federal Government to immortalise late General Attahiru and others who died in the plane crash.

“This according to him is aimed at immortalising them and to ensure their sacrifices as national heroes in keeping the nation safe and secured are not in vain.”

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