President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Major-General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff.
This was contained in a statement on Thursday by the military spokesperson, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu which was also confirmed by Nigerian army via its verified twitter page
“President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Major General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff.
“Prior to his appointment Major-General Yahaya was the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army and the incumbent Theatre Commander of the Counter terrorism Counter Insurgency military outfit in the North East code-named Operation HADIN KAI,” the statement added.
His appointment came barely six days after the former Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 officers lost their lives in a plane crash in Abuja.
In April 2020, he was named theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, the military’s campaign in the North-East, recently renamed Operation Hadin Kai.