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Why Buhari appointed Gen Yahaya as Army chief




President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Main Normal Faruk Yahaya as the brand new Chief of Military Workers (COAS) final Thursday.


The immediate-past Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai succeeded the late Lieutenant Normal Ibrahim Attahiru who died in a aircraft crash in Kaduna.

The selection of Yahaya was faulted in some quarters with critics arguing that the President ought to have thought-about a Southerner for the place.

However the authorities and supporters insist appointments, particularly within the safety sector, will not be finished based mostly on sentiments.

With Yahaya’s assumption of workplace, 24 Main Generals are anticipated to retire from the Nigerian Military quickly.

The Generals, 13 from the North and 11 from the South, had been above Yahaya previous to his elevation.

A prime retired navy officer informed PRNigeria that the Presidency picked the COAS as a result of he’s of the elite infantry corps, the fight and operation division of the Military.

“The Nigerian Military, as a multidisciplinary arm, has some Main Generals which can be senior to Faruk Yahaya however are neither from fight nor within the fight supporting corps generally known as preventing arms.

“By way of navy operation, officers from the infantry, armour, and artillery are often educated and skillful in counter-insurgency operations. Others from intelligence, indicators, police and engineering present supporting roles.

“The roles of Main Generals within the administrative and common corps resembling Public Relations, Schooling, Medical and Chaplaincy amongst others don’t embrace fight operations,” he stated.

Because the return of democracy in 1999, seven Christians and 4 Muslims have been appointed Chiefs of Military Workers.

Main Generals who grew to become Lieutenant Generals included Victor Malu – Benue (North-Central) 1999-2001; Alex Ogomudia – Delta (South-South) 2001-2003; Martin Luther Agwai – Kaduna (North West) 2003-2006; Owoye Andrew Azazi – Bayelsa (South-South) 2006-2007; Luka Yusuf – Kaduna (North-West) 2007-2008.

Others had been Abdulrahman Dambazau – Kano (North-West) 2008-2010; Azubuike Ihejirika – Abia (South-East) 2010-2014; Kenneth Minimah – Rivers (South-South) 2014-2015; Tukur Buratai – Borno (North East) 2015-2021; Attahiru Ibrahim – Kaduna (North West) Jan-Could 2021.

The brand new COAS, a Muslim from Sokoto (North-West), assumed workplace on Could 28, 2021.

On Monday, Yahaya addressed Principal Workers Officers and Area Commanders on the Military Headquarters in Abuja.

He vowed to command the navy arm to win all land battles in defence of the territorial integrity of Nigeria, shield nationwide pursuits and achieve duties in assist of civil authority.

Yahaya pledged the “dedication and loyalty” of the Military to Buhari, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

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