Massive Shakeup In Nigerian Army As 25 Generals Prepare To Retire

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Following the approval of the new service chiefs by the Senate, appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, about 25 major generals will be proceeding on retirement.

With his appointment as Chief of Army Staff, Major-General T.Y. Buratai, who is a Course 29 regular intake of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), all Major-Generals from Course 25, 26, and 27 may have to leave the service voluntarily while a few on Course 28 may be posted to Defence Headquarters.

Information gathered suggests that the appointment of Major-General Abayomi Olonishakin, a Course 25 regular intake, as the new Chief of Defence Staff, may be the leeway needed for Course 27 and 28 intakes to move up to DHQ.

It was also learnt that those who are course mates to the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General KTJ Minimah and those of Course 26 to 28 may have to retire since they cannot serve under their junior.

Meanwhile, Former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd) had three weeks ago informed the new Chief of Defence Intelligence, Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan to proceed on retirement leave.

However, luck smiled on Morgan when the President on Monday announced him as the new CDI, taking over from Rear Admiral Gabriel Okoi.

It was reliably gathered that his appointment and that of the National Security Adviser (NSA) is the exclusive preserve of the President, while only the CDS and the other service chiefs are the ones subject to Senate clearance.



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