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Chief of Army Staff: “Sadly Gen. Ahanotu And Members of Course 35, 36 Will Proceed On Retirement” – Osita Chidoka Cries Out On Buhari’s Loopsided Appointment

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The appointment of Major General Farouk Yahaya as the 22nd Chief of Army Staff by President Muhammadu Buhari has been received with mixed reactions by many Nigerians. For some, it is a worthy appointment on the grounds of Major General Farouk Yahaya’s track record and performance since he joined the army.

Many are also confident that his appointment will reinvigorate the country’s fight against terrorism, banditry and other security threats that the nation faces. However, for others the appointment does not bring much joy.

One of such persons that is not so pleased with the President’s choice of COAS is former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, who is worried about the implications of Maj. Gen Farouk Yahaya selection.

According to him, the country will lose many  top generals to early retirement following the emergence of Gen. Yahaya as COAS. One of the generals that might be forced into early retirement, according to him is Major General Ben Ahanotum from Anambra State.

Major General Ben Ahanotum

In a recent post on social media shortly after the appointment was made public, Chidoka alluded to the fact that he had hoped that the President will use the opportunity provided by the unfortunate death of the former Chief of Staff, Gen. Ibrahim Attaihiru, to appoint a General from other region as COAS.

He also stated that the appointment points to the president’s inability to manage the nation’s divert, adding that it could have a negative effect on the country.

In his exact words, “President Buhari appoints Maj. Gen Farouk Yahaya as COAS. My friend just woke me up from my dream. I am currently receiving treatment for Malaria. One of the good things about President Buhari is that he does not disappoint.

Major General Farouk Yahaya

“Sadly Gen. Ahanotu and members of course 35 and 36 will proceed on retirement. Mismanaging diversity will hurt Nigeria deeply….deeply for many years.”

Recall that following Attahiru’s death some stakeholders from the South East had seized the opportunity to appeal to the President to appoint a COAS from the region. They reason that it was an opportunity for Mr. President to correct the perceived imbalance in the top leadership hierarchy of Nigeria’s security architecture, which does not include a representative from the South East.

The call was made in a statement signed by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the Secretary-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, apex Igbo socio-cultural organization. He noted that such appointment will boost national integration. “Every geopolitical zone should be represented in the security council to boost national reintegration and restoration of confidence amongst other Nigerians that Mr. President ‘belongs to nobody but everyone.”

But apparently, the President didn’t heed their call and has appointed another an officer from Zamfara as the 22nd COAS.

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