Nigeria Service Chiefs Replaced as National Insecurity Mounts

The worsening security situation in Nigeria has forced President Muhammadu Buhari to respond to the call to replace his four service chiefs. General Gabriel Olonisakin, chief of defence staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique, chief of air staff, and Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas, chief of naval staff - were supposed to have retired over two years ago based on their years of service. The country has been reeling from attacks by militants Boko Haram as well as the increasing attacks by bandits in towns and villages. The newly appointed service chiefs are Major-General Leo Irabor, chief of defence staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, chief of army staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, chief of naval staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, chief of air staff.


General Ibrahim Attahiru has been appointed chief of the Nigerian Army.

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