President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday appointed Major General Farouk Yahaya as new Chief of Army Staff. Major General Yahaya replaces the late Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru who died in a plane crash in Kaduna recently alongside ten other key senior officers.
The new appointment was revealed in a statement by the Acting Director, Defence Information, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu. Maj. Gen. Yahaya before his appointment 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.
He had also held other remarkable appointments before becoming the new Chief of Army Staff, inclusive of the Garrison Commander Headquarters Guards Brigade, Directing Staff at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Deputy Director Army Headquarters Department of Military Secretary, Deputy Director Army Research and Development and the Chief of Staff, Headquarters Joint Task Force Operation Pulo Shield, and served as the Principal General Staff Officer to the Honourable Minister of Defence, the Commander, Headquarters 4 Brigade and 29 Task Force Brigade.
Maj. Gen. Yahaya is a member of the 37 Regular Course of the prestigious Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).