The Minister of Defence, Major General Salishi Magashi, claims that contrary to public opinion, the appointment of Major General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff, by the President was for national interest rather than ethic and religious sentiments.
The President on Wednesday,May 26, appointed Yahaya as the new COAS following the death of Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in an air plane crash on Friday, May 21st.
The new COAS, Farouk Yahaya, is from Zamfara State and a member of the 35 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy.
In a statement released by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mohammad Abdulkadri, The Minister described the new Army Chief as “an organic industry infantry General who is tested and trusted to actualise the national aspirations to restore peace in the dark spots areas of insurgency, kidnapping and banditry as well as other allied threats to the nation’s corporate existence”.
The statement reads:
“The Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen Bashir Salishi Magashi (rtd) has commenced the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, for the well thought out strategic appointment of Major General Farouk Yahaya, the 22nd Chief of Army Staff as a replacement for the late Lt.Gen Ibrahim Attahiru who died in a plane crash alongside ten others last Friday in Kaduna.
The appointment of General Yahaya, President Buhari has expediently out national interest above ethnic and religious chauvinism by fulfilling all requirements necessary.
These include his unblemished track records of service, Professional, Command and Operational competences into his emergence as most suitably qualified new Army boss.
The Defence Minister expressed optimism in the professional pedigree of the former theatre Commander Operation “Hadin Kai”, General Yahaya, in sustaining the trajectory of taking offensive and aggressive campaigns to the camps, corridors and cells of the adversaries with a view to obliterating them.
While pledging the support of the Ministry of Defence under his watch to the new Army boss in carrying out his mandate, the Minister said plans are in the pipeline by the Federal Government to immortalise Late General Attahiru and others who died in the plane crash.