Breaking: President Buhari appoints Farouk Yahaya as new Chief of Army Staff

President Buhari appoints Farouk Yahaya as new Chief of Army Staff

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Major-General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff.

This follows the demise of the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a plane crash along with 10 other senior military officers.

This disclosure is contained in a statement issued and signed by the military spokesperson, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu on Thursday.

In April 2020, they named him theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, the military’s campaign in the North-East, recently renamed Operation Hadin Kai. 

The statement said that prior to his appointment, Major-General Yahaya was the General Officer Commanding 1

Division of the Nigerian Army and the incumbent Theatre Commander of the Counter-terrorism Counter Insurgency

military outfit in the North East code-named Operation HADIN KAI.

President Buhari had also described the late officers as heroes who paid the ultimate price for peace and security in the land.

However, Major-General Yahaya’s appointment comes as the country continues to battle several security challenges, including

but not limited to an insurgency in the North-East, banditry in the North-West, secessionist agitations in the South-East

and also the Fulani-Herdsmen crises across the Middle-Belt and several South-West states.

By Victoria E.I

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