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President Buhari sacks top military chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday sacked his entire military top brass, his spokesman said, in a widely expected move as he tries to end the Boko Haram insurgency.

“The President has relieved the service chiefs, including the heads of the army, air force and navy of their appointments,” Femi Adesina told AFP, adding that replacements would be announced soon.

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday sacked his military top brass, his spokesman said, in a widely expected move as he tries to end the Boko Haram insurgency.

“The President has relieved the service chiefs, including the heads of the army, air force and navy of their appointments,” Femi Adesina told AFP, adding that replacements would be announced soon.

It was not immediately clear if the Chief of Defence Staff Alex Badeh and National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuku were also affected by the purge.

But Badeh, Army head Lieutenant General Kenneth Minimah, Adesola Amosu of the air force and the navy’s top officer Usman Jibrin were appointed by former president Goodluck Jonathan in January last year.

The military command has come under heavy criticism for its handling of the six-year Boko Haram insurgency that has killed at least 15,000 and forced 1.5 million others to flee their homes.

On the commanders’ watch, the militants captured swathes of territory, including towns and villages in the remote northeast in its quest to establish a hardline Islamic state.

In addition, the sacked military chiefs were unable to free more than 200 schoolgirls abducted in the northeastern town of Chibok in April 14 last year, despite repeated promises.

Boko Haram has stepped up its attacks since Buhari became president on May 29, with a wave of raids, explosions and suicide bombings against civilians.

Some 570 people have been killed in Nigeria alone, according to AFP reporting.

The spike in violence has sparked concern that gains made by the armies of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon against the rebels since February this year are being eroded.

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3 Comments
  • Joseph

    They have over stayed their tenure. Its a welcome development.

  • agbobu

    FOR CRYING OUT VERY LOUD WILL THESE POLITICAL CLOWNS, THE EX THIS . THE EX THAT, WHO HAVE BEEN CONSIGNED TO THE POLITICAL TRASH CANS FOREVER, THE FORMER BOOT KICKERS OF THE MOST CLUELESS, INEPT, ILL PREPARED AND THE WORST CORRUPT PRESIDENT NIGERIA HAS EVER HAD. THESE WERE THE SAME SHAMELESS PERSONS THAT WERE HAILING AND PRAISING GOODLUCK JONATHAN, WHEN HE WAS INFLICTING VERY SEVERE PAIN AND AGONY AGAINST NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS. THESE POLITICAL RASCALS, NIT WITS, NINCOMPOOPS AND CHARLATANS ARE NOW RUNNING AROUND LIKE HEADLESS CHICKENS BLAMING EVERY OTHER PERSON BUT THEMSELVES. THE VERY TERRIBLE MESS GOODLUCK JONATHAN LEFT FOR PRESIDENT BUHARI IS OF BIBLICAL PROPORTION AND IT WILL TAKE A PERSON OF INTEGRITY, SINCERITY, A WILLING READY AND ABLE PRESIDENT PRESIDENT BUHARI SOME TIME TO CLEAN UP THE MESS. NIGERIANS AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ARE VERY PREPARED TO GIVE PRESIDENT BUHARI, THE NECESSARY TIME, ENCOURAGEMENT TO DO THIS VERY GREAT TASK, NO MATTER WHAT THE GOD FORSAKEN PDP AND THEIR VERY DISCREDITED AGENTS SAY OR THINK. PRESIDENT BUHARI HAS THE FULL BLESSING AND SUPPORT OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD AND THESE ARE THE ONLY THING THAT MATTER. THE PDP IS VERY DEAD AND BURIED AND THIS IS VERY OFFICIAL.

  • jakiel

    Dismantling check points took us steps below where we were (BH confined to N/East) to now BH on the rampage. I hope with the sacking of Military Chiefs we will not sink (the Country) into more confusion for BH to fly around.

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