Nigerian Army promotes 136 officers to generals (SEE LIST)

Tukur Buratai
Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai

The Nigerian Army has promoted 136 senior officers to generals.

Those promoted include 45 brigadier generals who were promoted to major generals. Also, 92 colonels were promoted to brigadier generals.

A statement from the army spokesperson, Sani Usman, confirmed the promotions.

Read the full statement from Mr. Usman, a brigadier general, below as edited for style‎.

The Nigerian Army Council has today, Monday, November 20, 2017, approved the promotion of 45 Brigadier Generals to the rank of Major Generals and 92 Colonels to the rank of Brigadier Generals respectively.

Some of those promoted to the rank of Two-Star Generals (Major Generals) include H.O. Otiki, Acting Commander Defence Headquarters Garrison; O.O. Soleye, Acting Director Veteran Affairs, Defence Headquarters; the Acting Provost Marshal, A.T. Hamman; the Acting Military Secretary, F Yahaya; the Acting General Officers Commanding 3, 7 and 8 Divisions, B.A. Ahanotu, I.M. Yusuf and S.O. Olabanji respectively; Acting Commander Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps, J.I. Unuigbe; A. A. Jidda, Acting Commander Nigerian Army Corps of Supply and Transport; Acting Chief of Accounts and Budget (Army), J.E. Jakko; Commandant, Depot Nigerian Army; V.O. Ezugwu; A.C. Agundu, Director, Foreign Liaison, Defence Intelligence Agency; Acting Commander, Headquarters Command Army Records, H.E. Ayamasaowei; M.S. Yusuf, Commander Guards Brigade, while late B.A.Raji, was promoted posthumously.

Similarly, O.F. Azinta, Commandant Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre; Commandant Nigerian Army School Infantry, J. Sarham; T.A. Gagariga, Commander Nigerian Army School of Artillery; L.F. Abdullahi, the Acting Commander Nigerian Army Education Corps have also been promoted Major Generals. J. G. K. Myam, Acting Director Operations; and U.S. Yakubu, Acting Director Peacekeeping Operations, were also promoted major generals.

‎Those elevated to the rank of One Star Generals (Brigadier Generals) include A. Israel, C.O. Ekulide of Defence Headquarters, S.O. Olowolayemo, J.T. Chukwu, E.E. Eyong and the prolific writer, D.C. Nengite, as well as C.A. Dalhatu and U.N. Babangida.

Others include U.I. Mohammed, N.U. Mukhtar, O.G. Onubogu, S.Tm Shafaru, G.G. Shipi, A.S. Ishaq of 8 Division Provost Group, A.O. Kalajaiye, J.C. Mbibi, J.T. Chukwu, H.A. Gambo and L.B. Mohammed, amongst others.


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  • Buharin daji

    All but one of these is not hausa fulani on the list?

    • marcos avelino

      So all these are hausas – (Major Generals) include H.O. Otiki, Acting Commander Defence Headquarters Garrison; O.O. Soleye, Acting Director Veteran Affairs, Defence Headquarters
      Acting Commander Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps, J.I. Unuigbe;
      Acting Chief of Accounts and Budget (Army), J.E. Jakko;
      Commandant, Depot Nigerian Army; V.O. Ezugwu;
      A.C. Agundu, Director, Foreign Liaison, Defence Intelligence Agency;
      Acting Commander, Headquarters Command Army Records, H.E. Ayamasaowei;
      B.A.Raji, was promoted posthumously.
      Similarly, O.F. Azinta, Commandant Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre;
      Commandant Nigerian Army School Infantry, J. Sarham; T.A. Gagariga, Commander Nigerian Army School of Artillery; L.F. Abdullahi, the Acting Commander Nigerian Army Education Corps have also been promoted Major Generals. J. G. K. Myam, Acting Director Operations; and U.S.

      USELLESS BASTARDS YOU HAVE NO JOB EXCEPT COMPLAINS

      • Tijani

        How dare you call rightfully howling citizens bastards? Parasite dullardeen

  • forestgee

    List the names properly and show State of origin.

  • Igho D Amazing

    Yes we need a clearer list indicating state of origin..

    • marcos avelino

      Primitive man the world had moved beyond the tribe !!

    • persona

      If it had been a region exclusively yours, you would still say, others were promoted in secret.
      You don’t believe in the unity of this country, abstain from joining the military and you expect that favoritism should be shown to the few from such regions that joined?
      Please let us be civil. These men had already risen and were generals/ senior officers. If they were not deemed to hold such positions, they would never have been trusted with such.

      • Igho D Amazing

        Is either u are a foolani or u don’t know nothing.. Nigeria is my country and I know how they roll. Are u saying there are no fine officers from the east or south or west.. pls just shut up!

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    A phony Army of “Generals “

    • Dawood

      They defeated Boko Haram. Who did you defeat?

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        BOKO HARAM HAS KILLED MORE THAN 60 NIGERIANS AND BURNT AT LEAST 3 VILLAGES IN THE PAST 3 DAYS !!

        • persona

          That is your standard line. Elite squads from the US were killed in Niger…that should tell you that we are dealing with savages.
          Is it too much to see that some people just became orphans than you counting body bags?
          With this mindset, people like you abstain from joining the military and then complain of marginalization.
          I will tell for a fact, more northerners have been killed in this battle against BH and do you think they don’t have a basis to end the war with their own?
          Please, reasoning is not that hard for you to do, its more painful when you don’t.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Your phoney bunch of civilian killers cannot function as a 21st century military because it was designed for sectional interests. Merit is not a basis for selecting the best men and officers. The culture of entitlement has rendered that establishment impotent since the first crop of officers were dislodged, when they are not planning coups they are used to kill unarmed civilians.

            Any day merit is reintroduced ,the Army may regain their glory but presently, they are a bunch of Hausa Fulani thugs doing the bidding of a tyrant.

        • Mufu Ola

          I’m sure u’re happy about that.U have problems & don’t even know.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            I am stating facts on the ground and cannot be happy when humans loose their lives.

          • Dawood

            Yes, you are, Biafraudsters. Biafraudsters celebrate when something bad happens to Nigerians. You guys are sick.

      • Igho D Amazing

        Yes with early morning bombing in Adamawa killing over 30 and still counting..

  • dah

    State of origin not applicable here

  • Okokondem

    Premium Times could have done a better job of presenting these names in a more presentable manner. It is almost as if it is presented this way to conceal lack of diversity. Clean it up!

    • tundemash

      Daft man, did u apply diversity to get married ? Olodo, diversity ko, tribalism ni !

      • I sigh

        Must you compare apple to orange? Do you have sex, orgasm and kids with military promotion like you have with your wife.

      • Otile

        Abubakar tundemash,
        You are becoming more and more asinine by day. Must you ass-lick the Fulanis even when they commit flagrant nepotism? Nobody agrees with you that nepotism is not corruption. Again don’t be senseless, getting married has nothing to do with Fulani discrimination in the Army. Odale

    • persona

      There is no diversity issue here. These men were already generals and do you know what that should tell you, they have received fair treatment all along based on their contributions.
      They are patriots who deserve respect and not the disregard that you are trying to bring into this by expecting that those promoted were pitied.
      The journey from a commissioned officer of 2nd lieutenant to a 2 star general is no joke. Please get real and stop disrespecting those who sign up to sacrifice your life to defend this nation.

      • Epsilon_Delta

        Sharap!

  • Only a few of the 136 names were listed to deceive people that there were some non northerners in the list. Even this list did not indicate the states of origin to enable us decide if Buhari is mending his nepotism. I bet that the more than 50% not published are all Fulanis or at least northern Muslims.

    • persona

      When someone joins a patriotic cause, he refrains from being ethnic and signs up to defend your integrity even if he doesn’t come from where you do.
      The easiest thing to do is to appreciate that.
      Is it the fault of the tribes that do not believe in the unity of the country and end up not joining the gang of patriots…i really don’t know. The forms are sold openly, there is a standard recruitment and it goes all the way to physicals.
      Truth is that some want it more than others and i am yet to hear that recruitment has been rigged to join the military. Let us thank those that have served and the fact that they are already generals and still got promoted, it depicts its not on the basis of ethnicity.

    • Gibson Bosah

      Always take ur drugs at least 2hrs b4 u login Mr. Hate speech

  • Jay Daniel

    The Nigerian army in its totality have more men from the northern region than any other section of the country which we all know except we want to play to the gallery and act ignorant as usual to prove a silly point of marginalization. That has always been the situation almost from inception of the armed forces long before PMB.

    • Really

      Are you not
      making the case of marginalization even more glaring, when clearly the same
      army which according to you have more Northern presence, since the inception of
      Mohammadu Buhari went even further to dismiss numerous senior officers of non-Northern
      extraction and now promoting more of their Northern officers to higher ranks?

  • DTaj

    Are some people making comments on this platform so dumb? How could any so-called educated human being claim that the President determines promotion in the Army??? How?

    The Nigerian Army Council is completely managed by Army officers. It is like saying that Buhari also determines promotion in the Police, Navy, Air Force, NDLEA, etc when we have the Police Service Commission, etc that are FULLY MANAGED BY SENIOR OFFICERS IN EACH MILITARY OR PARA-MILITARY ORGANIZATION!

    For the illiterate commentators, blatant ethnic/religious jingoists, and mischievous clowns on this platform, NO NIGERIAN PRESIDENT HAS A SAY ON ARMY/MILITARY PROMOTION! NONE!!!

    • Timothy

      Usually this can be found on their websites for clarification and besides it does not matter what people say where they came from as long as they are from Nigeria there’s no worry.

    • Really

      Under the military hierarchy structured one Nigeria Tyranny at present, the president is in charge and determines everything including life and death.

      You cannot eat your cake and now have it again.

      It is for this reason that the call for devolution of powers cannot be wished away.

      Thanks

    • chukwuweta nwosu

      It is clear you do not understand this country. It is a unitary govt and all promotions of very senior officers in the military, police ,etc must be approved by Mr. president. Do not be surprised if these officers will be retired forcefully after Burutai. The reason is simple; the President can decide that the next Chief of defense may be a junior to the present ones promoted. For that one to function the senior ones will be forcefully retired. Nigeria has many retired generals

  • thusspokez

    No army personnel should be promoted to senior post if he or she is obese or carrying ‘food-baby’. They should all undergo a set of rigorous physical and cognitive tests.

  • chinedu

    I thought Nigeria was trying to manage the number of military generals she produces. I was once told by a friend that the number of generals produced by our military can run the entire military of Europe. I don’t know if that is true but the picture is that we have never run short of them like we have of doctors. Can PT help us unravel this?

  • Oladele

    An incompetent bunch are now also promoted. Just today they bombed out innocent moslems in Adamawa and casualty figure is 30 and still counting. Is that what they are promoted for?

  • johnsen

    The idiots don’t consider the financial implication when they do this type of thing. A person that never fought in any war is made a general? Problem now is each general is entitled to full salary and body guards until they die, even if they retire. The entire U.S. military is to have a maximum of 231 generals at any one time. I bet you Nigerian Army has more generals than the U.S military.

  • LadyRosely

    Premium times. THIS IS NOT A LIST