President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Major-General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff.
The recent appointment follows after the lost of the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, who recently confirmed died along with 10 other senior military officers in a air crash.
This divulgence is confirmed in a declaration issued and signed by the military spokesperson, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu.
The declaration states that preceding 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.
President Buhari had described the late officers as heroes who paid the ultimate price for peace and security in the land.
Major-General Yahaya’s appointment comes as the country continues to battle several security challenges, including but not limited to an insurgency in the North-East, banditry in the North-West, secessionist agitations in the South-East and Fulani-Herdsmen crises across the Middle-Belt and several South-West states