● In Major Shakeup: Irabor, Attahiru, Amao, Gambo Emerge New Service Chiefs

● In Major Shakeup: Irabor, Attahiru, Amao, Gambo Emerge New Service Chiefs

By Our Correspondents


In what appeared to be a serious shakeup in the nation’s navy excessive command President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday accepted the instant resignation of the service chiefs, and their retirement from service.


Accordingly, he appointed Major-General Leo Irabor as the new chief of defence workers; Major-General I Attahiru as the new chief of military workers; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo as the new chief of naval workers, and Air-Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao, chief of the air workers.

An announcement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, to this impact famous that the president counseled the former chief of defence workers, General Abayomi Olonisakin; chief of military workers, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai; chief of naval workers, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, and chief of air workers, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar for what he described as their overwhelming achievements.

Adesina mentioned, “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 effectively of their future

“The new service chiefs are: Major-General Leo Irabor, chief of defence workers; Major-General I. Attahiru, chief of military workers; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, chief of naval workers; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O
Amao, chief of air workers.

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

Regional Bodies Hail President, Set Agenda For New Military Chiefs

Also of their response, the apex socio-cultural organisations in the nation applauded the president for the adjustments in the navy.

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) mentioned the cries for this transformation have been in all places.

Setting agenda for the new service chiefs, ACF mentioned, “We only hope that the new chiefs will justify the confidence the president has placed in them. When President Muhammadu Buhari came into office as the president, we at ACF had expected him to sort out the security
problems of Nigeria speedily. Of late, we have complained endlessly about his security failures. We only pray his new security chiefs will serve him and Nigeria better.”


In their response, the pan Yoruba Socio-cultural group, Afenifere mentioned the substitute of service chief now not elicited any pleasure as a result of it is a belated train.


Afenifere’s spokesman, Comrade Yinka Odumakin mentioned, “There isn’t any pleasure in the land, the lengthy keep of these service chiefs have been of many disadvantages to Nigerians.


On its half, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) famous thatbthe determination of President Buhari has lastly acceded to the enormous calls for made by Nigerians for the substitute of the nation’s
service chiefs as a step in the direction of addressing the critical shortfalls in
the nation’s policing and safety establishments.

Also, a factional chief of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Ugorji Nwabueze, said that first the factor is to curtail revolt and maybe discover out why the former service chiefs couldn’t include them.


He urged the newly appointed service chiefs to discover a method of stopping different
splinter teams from rising. “Before now we don’t used to hear about banditry. Today why are we hearing that?”

Meanwhile, the youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Youth

Council (OYC), whereas describing the adjustments as a welcome growth,

urged the new navy chiefs to accentuate efforts in arresting the spate of

insecurity throughout the nation.

The nationwide president of OYC, Comrade Igboayaka Igboayaka, urged

the new service chiefs to be proactive in tackling safety challenges in the
nation and work out an intensified suggestions mechanism in securing the
nation successfully.


Also, the North Central People’s Forum (NCPF), in its reactions by its

secretary-general, Alhaji Khalil Bolaji, mentioned it was nonetheless finding out the new

appointees, their experiences and pedigrees earlier than it would make a

particular touch upon their appointments.

Also commenting, a famend labour chief, Comrade Issa Aremu
mentioned, “It is best late than by no means. It reveals that President Muhammadu Buhari

has listened to the in style demand by Nigerians.”

Setting agenda for the new service chiefs, Aremu mentioned, “We need new
approach, new strategies that will build on the gains already recorded
by the former service chiefs. I want to advise the new service chiefs
to cooperate more with other security agencies, including the State
Security Service and the Police so that we can speedily put an end to
our security challenges.”

Also, the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and the Unity House Foundation (UHF) have described the sack of the service chiefs as lengthy overdue.

Speaking with Nairalovers in Port Harcourt, PANDEF’s nationwide publicity
secretary, Ken Robinson, expressed the hope that the new appointees
would discharge their duties and obligations professionally,
with out biases and tendencies, in the greatest curiosity of the nation.

Also, UHF convener, Kingsley Wenenda Wali, expressed doubt that the new service chiefs would resolve the nation’s safety challenges.

But, the minority chief of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, who spoke on behalf of PDP Senators in the National Assembly, mentioned Nigerians had longed for
recent palms to wage the conflict in opposition to rising insecurity in the nation.

He additionally expressed hope that the newly appointed service chiefs would
reside as much as the expectation of the individuals

In its response, the House of Representatives spokesperson, Hon Benjamin Kalu,

mentioned that the change was a step in the proper course and that the selection and need of the Nigerian individuals was for a change in the safety structure of those that safe Nigeria.


Kalu mentioned the new service chiefs would be pushed by new motivation to extend the tempo in the direction of reaching what the authorities wants to understand as the elementary function of governance.


Meanwhile, civil society teams, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre
(CISLAC) and the Peering Advocacy and Advancement Centre in Africa
(PAACA), have set agendas for the newly appointed service chiefs.

In separate statements, the two teams recommended methods the newly appointed

service chiefs can tackle the nation’s safety challenges.

CISLAC government director, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, mentioned the credentials of the new chiefs counsel that they’re effectively
skilled in tactical and technique that are the instant recent
breath that’s required to have interaction going ahead.

On its half, the government director of PAACA, Ezenwa Nwagwu, mentioned in
the instant, they need to tame insurgency, deal with head-on kidnapping,
banditry and violent crimes in addition to restore confidence of individuals on their security.

An elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, additionally counseled the president

for taking a daring step in eradicating the service chiefs in opposition to all odds.

Yakasai made the disclosure in interview with our reporter in Kano shortly after the naming of the new Service Chiefs.

Support New Service Chiefs, APC Charges Nigerians

Meanwhile, reactions have continued to pour over the latest appointment of the service chief, with the governing All Progressive Congress (APC) main the pack.


APC known as on Nigerians to assist the newly appointed service chiefs in the discharge of their duties of defending the territorial integrity of the nation.

APC additionally cautioned in opposition to safety points by ethnic
lenses, saying it is “counterproductive and dangerous.”

An announcement signed by the {party}’s nationwide secretary, caretaker/extraordinary conference planning committee (CECPC), Sen
John AkpanUdoedeghe mentioned was assured that the new service chiefs
will consolidate on the “remarkable achievements of their predecessors”.

Ensure Professionalism In Military, Sack Terrorists, PDP Tasks New Service ChiefsS Similarly the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) urged the new service chiefs to take pressing steps to revive professionalism, increase the morale of the troops and guarantee not to fall into the indolence, corruption, recklessness, abuse of course of and partisanship.

PDP additionally urged them to take away terrorists, bandits and different outlaws
ravaging the nation.

The {party} said this whereas describing the appointment of new service
chiefs by President Buhari as reasonably late in the day when a lot hurt had already been achieved to nationwide safety.

The {party} mentioned the belated substitute of the outgoing wearied service
chiefs after a lot injury to the nation confirmed President Buhari as a
chief who has always refused to heed to clever counsel by well-meaning
Nigerians however regularly leads the nation to a dire strait.

An announcement by the nationwide publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan,
mentioned. “Such unpatriotic, self-conceited and narrow-minded approach to
leadership is responsible for the escalated insecurity and avoidable
loss of lives; economic recession with excruciating hardship as well
as widened divisions in our land under Buhari’s watch.”

Briefs On The New Service Chiefs

Chief of Defence Staff: Major General Leo Lucky Irabor

Major General Lucky Eluonye Onyenuchea Irabor was born on 5 October 1965 in Aliokpu Agbor, Ika South native authorities space of Delta state.

He enlisted into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna as a member of the 34 Regular Course in1983 and was commissioned Second Lieutenant on 28 June 1986 into the Signals Corps of the Nigerian Army.

Major General Irabor attended a number of navy and civil programs each regionally and overseas.

He held a number of appointments in the course of his profession, notably, Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Force Commander MNJTF, Chief of Defence Training and Operations and till his appointment as the Chief of Defence Staff was the Commander Training and Doctrine Command Nigerian Army.The senior officer is married and blessed with youngsters.

Chief of Army Staff Major: Major General Ibrahim Attahiru

Major General Ibrahim Attahiru was born on August 10, 1966. He hails from Kaduna North native authorities space of Kaduna State and a member of the Regular Course 35 of the Nigerian Defence Academy.


Before his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff, he was the General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu.

He was additionally a former Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole. He took over from Major General Leo Irabor.


Chief Of The Air Staff: Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao was born on September 14, 1965 at Enugu. He hails from Oshogbo native authorities space of Osun state.

He enlisted into the Nigerian Air Force on 19 January 1984 as a member of 35 Regular Course at the Nigerian Defence Academy and was commissioned as Pilot Officer on 20 December 1986.

Air Vice Marshal Amao attended the programs each in Nigeria and overseas. He has held a number of appointments, together with deputy theatre commander (Air) Operation LAFIYA
DOLE, and chief of Policy and Plans Nigerian Air Force.

He was the Commandant, Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Lagos earlier than his new appointment.

He is married to Mrs Elizabeth Olubunmi Amao and the union is blessed
with three boys.


Chief of Naval Staff: Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo

Rear Admiral AZ Gambo who was born on April 22, 1966 hails from
Nasarawa native authorities space of Kano State. He enlisted into the
Nigerian Navy on September 24, 1984 as a member of Regular Course 36
and was commissioned Sub-lieutenant on 24 September 1988.

He is an underwater warfare specialist with a sub specialisation in
intelligence. The senior officer has attended a number of navy programs, together with however not restricted to Sub-Technical course and officers lengthy course each at Nigerian Navy Ship QUORRA.

Until his latest appointment as the Chief of Naval Staff, he was the
director of procurement at the Defence Space Agency.

He is married to Hajiya Nana Aishat Gambo and the union is blessed
with three youngsters.


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