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President Buhari Finally Sacks Service Chiefs, Names Replacements

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally sacked Nigeria’s Service Chiefs and appointed new officers as replacements, in face of worsening insecurity.

The new 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.

This was announced in a statement on Tuesday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who put it mildly by saying that his principal accepted their resignation.

He also noted that the service chiefs have also retired from service.

Those sacked are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

President Buhari was quoted as saying that he appreciated the outgoing Service Chiefs “overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,” wishing them well in their future endeavours.

It read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service.

“Those involved are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

“President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their ‘overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,’ wishing them well in their future endeavours.

“The new 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.

“The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.”

The sack comes months after several demands by Nigerians calling for the removal of the service chiefs following security challenges confronting the nation.

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