Nigerian military gets new spokesperson

The Director of Defence Information, DDI, John Enenche
The Director of Defence Information, DDI, John Enenche

A new Director of Defence Information has been appointed.

He is John Enenche.

Mr. Enenche, a Major General, replaces Rabe Abubakar, a Brigadier General, who is now Director of Information Management in the Department of Civil Military Affairs, Army Headquarters.

Until his appointment as defence spokesperson, Mr. Enenche was Defence Liaison Officer at Defence Headquarters.

The new spokesperson, an Idoma from Benue State, was among the 227 top army officers whose elevations were announced in December 2016. His promotion to major general took effect from September 19, 2016.

Colleagues described Mr. Enenche (N/8395) as a brilliant officer who performed exceptionally at Course 20 of the National Defence College.He was earlier promoted Brigadier General in December 2013.

The officer, said to be a member of the Corps of Engineers, was chief executive officer of the Army’s Post Service Housing Development Scheme.

Some colleagues said he holds a doctorate degree, but that could not immediately be independently confirmed by PREMIUM TIMES.

He has since taken over with effect from March 6, said a statement by Way Olabisi, Lieutenant Commander, of Defence Headquarters.

Mr. Abubakar, had on August 3, 2015, while a colonel, succeeded Chris Olukolade, a major general, who proceeded on retirement after 35 years in service.

Mr. Abubakar, 51, who was commissioned into the Nigerian Army as a Second Lieutenant in 1989, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated with additional information received about new appointee, Mr. Enenche, and his predecessor, Mr. Abubakar.


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  • Rommel

    I always wondered why Rabiu Abubakar,a man with very poor command of English language was appointed to that position

    • partafamilias trippi

      Mr. Abubakar, 51, who was commissioned into the Nigerian Army as a Second Lieutenant in 1989, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History

      Wonder no more. Quota system propelled elevation. General in less than 17 years after commissioning.

      • danladi

        poor maths, redo the calculations

        • serubawon70

          I start to wonder

        • Olusola

          Na hatred, that is what it does to them; it damages their brain cells.

      • haba mallam

        28 years in case you don’t want to respond to danladi, his promotion was earned and well deserved, English is not his mother tongue, he did very well in communicating what the army wants him to tell the world,