Buhari extends tenure of Nigeria’s military chiefs

Military Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the tenure of Nigeria’s military chiefs.

The extension was confirmed in a statement by Tukur Gusau, a colonel and spokesperson to the Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali.

The military chiefs whose tenure were extended are General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, the Chief of Defence Staff; Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai Chief of Army Staff; Vice Admiral Ibok-EteIkwe Ibas, the Chief of Naval staff; and Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, the Chief of Air staff.

The extension was largely based on the efforts of the military chiefs in tackling Boko Haram in the North-east and addressing other security issues, Mr. Gusau said.

Read his brief statement below.

“The President and Commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, having carefully reviewed the on-going military operations across the nation and the efforts of the Chief of Defence staff and the Service chiefs in the counter insurgency operations in the North East coupled with the security situation of the Niger Delta region, has graciously approved the extension of tenure of service of General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, the Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai Chief of Army Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-EteIkwe Ibas, the Chief of Naval staff and Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, the Chief of Air staff.

“This extension is pursuant of the powers conferred on the President and Commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by section 218 (1) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and section 09.06 of the Harmonised Terms and Conditions for Service for officers (2012) Revised.

The Honourable Minister of Defence Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali therefore congratulate the Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs for earning the confidence of the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Force of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the people of Nigeria leading to their extension of service.”


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  • emailofemi

    For how long?

  • ailandaaa



    These Generals have failed to defeat Boko haram . They ought to step aside .

    • Julius

      Maybe you should get kanu and the biafraud soldiers to go and arrest them for your trial. What do you think ?

  • Benni Nwani

    He cannot do away with his best tools, but one thing for is that they will all account for their injustices done to Nigerians one day. They can remain there for as long as they wish.

  • De Gea Messi

    Did baba travel to Niger or not?

  • forestgee

    Smart by half! Any change will call for correction of lopsidedness in some of the appointments…people have forgotten the recent NNPC’s case where about 90% went to the North.

  • Otile

    Mohamed Buhari did this to buy time and extend the tenure of the murderer Brutai to shield the brute from the hands of ICC. At the end of his tenure the brute will be shackled and carried to The Hague for the atrocities he committed. The immunity Islamic APC gave him is fast expiring. Nonsense

    • marcos avelino

      What brute ? Buratai is a saint compared to tribal brother Ihejirika and Minima . How many innocent civilians did these your evil duo murdered or starved to death – may be tens of thousand. Buratai might have killed only a few hundred Ipobs to save a civil war that might have consumes tens of millions. Be realistic and stop these emotioanal tantrums.

      • Otile

        Is that the manner mad Muslims explain away atrocities your leaders commit?

        • Abu-Mu’awiya

          You are always tribalistic and religious bigot you are worse than Boko haram.Why always shows and promotes hatred among Nigerians?.

          • Sir Demo

            He is an online ogbanje. Learn to ignore the evil son.

          • Abu-Mu’awiya

            Thank you Sir.

        • Mufu Ola

          All your guts are about religion & ethnicity. Very funnily u always accuse Northerners of same.

      • Zubix

        Let’s not be sentimental in judging the good will of this government, wake up and face the reality don’t be loop hooded in your sense of reasoning.

  • Mentus

    They say that good is the enemy of best, not that the so called service Chiefs are good by any stretch of imagination.
    A situation whereby the army ends up equipping Boko Haram can hardly be tolerated by any right thinking president. Has presidency bothered to ask for an inventory of arms and ammunitions carted away from army posts and barracks by Boko Haram or the number of occasions where the soldiers were disarmed by Boko Haram who made away with the arms. Basically Boko Haram is killing Nigerians with weapons bought government. No responsible head of state will keep the current chief of staff for this long least of all extend his tenure. What has he got to show for the time he has led the army apart from doing away with Kalu. That probably is the only reason Buhari has kept him, otherwise his ineptitude is monumental.
    What is baffling is that Buhari refuses to reshuffle all his appointees even when it obvious they are not performing.
    Nigeria Police was voted to be the worst and Idris is still there.
    The only way to confirm how useless these appointees are is to change them and see how new ones perform.

  • Fada4Life

    It is always good not to change a winning team but PMB has just denied others a good opportunities to show their talents and truncated their carrier because when those chiefs finished their extended terms the others that suppose to take over from them May not have age on their side

    • Timothy

      Lol! You have a point….but rather than worry about the once who are supposed to take over am worried about the un-ending battle with Boko Haram…yes they have been reduced significantly and that is a plus for this team but they are not going away. They have tried blocking their supplies….hit their finance network, and captured their commanders and yet these people still cause problems. My fear is that either the military dont want this to stop entirely….how else will they have need to ask for billions of naira ? To fight who? Nigerians….and this ugly trens may be replicated or even get worse for the once coming in because they could be some who are aiding the Boko Haram guys to cause havoc so that the military will have a reason to askfor more funding to enrich their chiefs. But like you said it is a good team so if they have done well then thy should do better to set an example that other soldiers would follow.