June 13, 2021

BREAKING: Why I appointed Major General Yahaya as COAS – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has provided factors he considered in appointing Major-General Farouk Yahaya as the Chief of Army Staff.

Major General Yahaya was appointed Army boss after his predecessor Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru died in a plane crash with ten other military personnel while on an official trip to Kaduna State.

Buhari, during an interview on Arise TV on Thursday, explained that Yahaya was appointed as the Chief of army staff ahead of other superiors because of his experience fighting Boko Haram in the North-east.

The appointment of Yahaya had created controversy and speculations that there is going to be a mass retirement of some generals in the Nigerian Army but the Defence Headquarters refuted the reports.

Buhari further explained the choice of Yahaya was because he had the support and understanding of the troops.

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