Uncertainty in Military over appointment of Yahaya as new Chief of Army Staff

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There is uncertainty in the Nigerian Military ĺas serving members of Regular Course 35, 36 and 37 in the Army, Air and Navy, be forced out of with the appointment of a member of the 37 Regular Course, Major General , as the new (COAS) by .

A reliable military source stated that the senior officers be asked turn in their papers for ease of administration or be posted out head tri- institutions depending on the discretion of the Military Council.

According the source, “there is going be a serious shakeup in the three services with the appointment of the new . Depending on the decision of the Military Council, members of Course 35, 36 and 37 be asked turn in their papers for ease of administration or they can also be redeployed to head tri- institutions but most of them will go certainly.”

Another senior Army who didn’t be mentioned put the figure of Army Generals that will go at over 30, including two serving members of Course 35. The late , Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru was of Course 35 before his death in an air crash involving a Nigerian Air aircraft in Kaduna, May 21, as well as the of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, while the of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo is of Course 36.

was earlier advised against going below Course 35 in picking Attahiru’s replacement for fear of unsettling the Army.

But Military sources, said the decision may not be unconnected with recent decision to flush out old hands in the service to pave way for younger officers who can reinvigorate the counter insurgency .

The appointment of Yahaya, the current Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, formerly known as Operation Lafiya Dole, rested speculations that Buhari may appoint the Army of Policy and Plans, Major General Benjamin Ahanotu, an Igbo, as Attahiru’s successor.

Although the exact figure of Generals that may be forced to resign was not known as at the time of filing this report, it was also unclear if the Minister of Defence, Major General Salihi Magashi (rtd), will allow a chunk of senior military officers to go in the middle of terrorism .

Meanwhile, some junior officers who spoke on the condition of anonymity welcomed ’s decision to choose the new COAS from Course 37.

They maintained that the flushing out of the very senior officers will brighten their chances of getting commanding positions.

One of them said, “It is a welcomed development, what it means is that we have the chance of attaining commanding positions before we retire from Service but if they continue to stay, it will mean that most of us will not to that height.” (The Nation)