President Muhammadu Buhari has fired the service chiefs in the country with immediate effect.
This was disclosed in a tweet made by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
Adesina said the president also appointed new hands to take over the batons of piloting the security affairs of the country.
Adesina said, “PMB appoints new Service Chiefs, Maj General Leo Irabor, CDS (Chief of Defence Staff), Major General I. Attahiru, Army, Rear Adm Adm AZ Gambo, Navy, AVM IO Amao, Air Force.
“He (Buhari) congratulates outgoing service chiefs on efforts to bring enduring peace to the country.”
The outgoing service chiefs are General Gabriel Olonisakin (Chief of Defence Staff), General Tukur Buratai (Chief of Army Staff), Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas (Chief of Naval Staff), and Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Chief of Air Staff).
This may have come as a surprise to Nigerians after several calls for the president to fire the service chiefs, fell on deaf ears.
The calls for the sacking of the chiefs followed worsening security situation in the country.
Below is a text of Adesina’s release.
PRESIDENT BUHARI APPOINTS NEW SERVICE CHIEFS
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.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
January 26, 2021