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President Buhari May Appoint New Service Chiefs

Valentine Chinyem

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There are strong indications that President Muhammadu Buhari may appoint new service chiefs.

President Buhari who is expected to take the oath of office for his second term in office, having won the February 23 presidential election, has been holding series of meetings with the service chiefs, as a part of the process for their eventual retirement and exit from office.

The service chiefs who are expected to proceed on retirement before or after the May 29 inauguration, were appointed in 2015.

They are the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok Etete-Ibas and the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

A source at the Defence Headquarters, revealed to Daily Sun that the service chiefs, whose tenure President Buhari extended severally, are aware that they could be replaced any time from now and have thus prepared their handover notes.

It was also gathered that officers who are being considered as their replacement, have already been penciled down and are currently being screened without their knowledge.

The source also added that officers from the North East, North-West, South West and South East are regions being considered to be appointed service chiefs.

More so, two out of the four outgoing service chiefs may be appointed as DCS, the source noted, this is to save the military from massive retirement that would come if all service chiefs are replaced with new officers.

The non-retirement of the current service chief have led to the disengagement of several senior officers from the military.

Sources said officers of either 36 or 37 Regular Course are favourites in the consideration.

This implies that officers of Regular courses 35, 34, 33, 32, 31, and 30, will be forced to retire.