The country may be set to have a new Chief of Army Staff as President Muhammadu Buhari has promoted Nigerian Army’s Chief of Training and Operations (CTOPs) Maj.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun to Lieutenant General, the same rank with current COAS, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai.
Reports are already making the rounds that Buratai has been removed as COAS but neither the Army nor the presidency has confirmed the report.
Also promoted was the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Brig.-Gen. Bulama Biu to Maj.Gen.
The promotions were contained in a statement on Tuesday evening by army spokesman Sagir Musa, a Colonel.
“The President and Commander-in-Chief, Muhammadu Buhari has approved the accelerated promotion of two senior officers and a subaltern of the Nigerian Army.
“The officers are granted promotion for their extra-ordinary feats, courage, examplary leadership, loyalty, uncommon commitment and valour in the counter insurgency operation in the North Eastern part of the country.
“The two senior officers are Major General LO Adeosun, the Chief of Training and Operations at Army Headquarters who has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General and Brigadier General AB Biu, General Officer Commanding 7 Division and Commander Sector 2 Operation LAFIYA DOLE Maiduguri, promoted to the rank of Major General.
“Also promoted to the rank of Captain is Lieutenant AJ Danjibrin of 211 Demonstration Battalion Bauchi.
“The President, Commander-in- Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has conveyed his personal congratulations to the promoted officers and charged them to continue to be shining examples to their colleagues.
“Similarly, the Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai, on behalf of officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army felicitate with the newly promoted officers and extends his best wishes to them in all their future endeavours.”