Major General Salihi Magashi, the Minister of Defence, stated that contrary to the public’s opinion, General Farouk Yahaya’s appointment as Chief of Army Staff, President was not influenced by ethnic affiliation.
Buhari announced the appointment of Yahaya as the new Army chief on Thursday, May 28. He will succeed Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a plane crash on May 21.
Yahaya is from the Zamfara State and a member of the 35th Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy.
According to a statement made by Mohammad Abdulkadri, the Minister of Information, Mohammad Abdulkadri said that the new Army Chief was “an organic infantry general who had been tested and trusted to restore peace in the dark spots of insurgency, kidnapping and banditry as well as other allied threats to the nation’s corporate existence.”
According to the statement,
“Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd) has commended the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, for the strategic appointment of Major General Farouk Yahaya to replace Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a plane crash last Friday along with ten others. General Yahaya was appointed by Buhari in an expedient way that put national interest above ethnic or religious chauvinism. In addition to his unblemished service records and professional abilities, his command and operational competences have made him the most suitable candidate for the new Army boss post.
General Yahaya is a former theatre commander of Operation “Hadin Kai”, the Minister of Defence has expressed optimism that he will carry out offensive and aggressive campaigns against the camp, corridors, and cells of the adversaries with the intent of obliterating them.
He pledged the support of the Ministry of Defence under his supervision to the new Army chief in carrying out his mandate, and explained that plans are being formulated for the Federal Government to immortalise General Attahiru and others who died in the plane crash.