Following the appointment of Maj.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya as the Chief of Army Staff, reports have indicated that twenty-nine Army Generals of Course 36, will proceed on annual leave.
The spokesman of the Defence Headquarters, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, had, last week, denied that the military was planning to retire senior military officers, noting that retirement of senior officers is voluntary for those who desire it.
It was, however, gathered yesterday that the army had commenced the process of retiring 29 Major Generals from the service.
A military source revealed that it had been approved that 29 Major Generals proceed on terminal leave tagged ‘annual leave’.
The source said:
You know their leave or retirement must be approved by the Army Council. So, because it’s yet to be approved, that’s why it can’t be made official now.
Yahaya, who was appointed the Chief of Army Staff on May 27, following the death of Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, was formally received by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday.
Fielding questions from State House correspondents, the Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, who was in company of the new COAS, said the president shared with them his experience, which they intended to use to address the nation’s security challenges.
What really brought us to the Villa today is to present the new Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya; who was just appointed 11 days ago to the president for his blessings and guidance.
The president offered advice on how we can go about doing this operation to improve the entire security of the country.
Being an actor in the field in the past, he has given us a direction in which we can learn from his experiences and apply that to our mode of operations.
With that, we are wiser today and we assured him that we will do our best to bring an end to the problem of security in this country.