President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a new Chief of Army Staff, to replace the Late COAS, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru who lost his life in an air crash along with 10 other military officials in Kaduna last week.
Major-General Farouk Yahaya was appointed yesterday according to a statement signed and released by the military spokesperson Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu.
The statement revealed that before his appointment, the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Yahaya was serving as the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army and the incumbent Theatre Commander of the Counterterrorism, Counter-Insurgency military outfit in the North East code-named Operation HADIN KAI,
Major-General Yahaya’s appointment comes as the country continues to battle spate in insecurity, including but not limited to an insurgency in the North-East, banditry in the North-West, secessionist agitations in the South-East and Fulani-Herdsmen crises across the Middle-Belt and several South-West states.
The new COAS was born on January 5, 1966, in Sifawa, Bodinga Local Government Area of Sokoto state. He is a member of the 37 Regular Course of the prestigious Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).
Major-General Yahaya started his cadet training on 27 September 1985 and was commissioned into the Nigerian Army Infantry Corps on 22 September 1990.
His appointment has trailed so many reactions. Recall that the Igbo’s has agitated that the president replaces the CAOS with an army from the region but the appointment never met their expectations. See reactions over the appointment.
Admits the various opinion about his appointment, what is your expectations from the newly appointed COAS?