16 January 2014

Nigeria: Military Shake Up - Jonathan Drops Ihejirika, Others As Service Chiefs

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President Goodluck Jonathan (right) being received by service chiefs.

President Goodluck Jonathan in a surprise move has effected the removal and change of all the military Service Chiefs except the immediate past Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Alex Badeh who was appointed the New Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

According to the statement by the Special Adviser (Media & Publicity) to the President, Dr. Reuben Abati, which also appeared in his twitter handle, all the other Service Chiefs were dropped, including the Admiral Ola Sa'ad Ibrahim, Lt-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, and Vice Admiral Joseph Ezeoba as the CDS, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) respectively .

Abati said: "President Goodluck Jonathan has in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria approved the following changes in the nation's Military High Command:

"Air Marshal Alex Badeh takes over from Admiral Ola Sa'ad Ibrahim as Chief of Defence Staff;

"Major-General Kenneth Tobiah Jacob Minimah takes over from Lt.-General Azubike O. Ihejirika as Chief of Army Staff;

"Rear Admiral Usman O. Jibrin takes over from Vice Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba as Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice Marshal Adesola Nunayon Amosu takes over from Air Marshal Badeh as Chief of Air Staff.

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