Buhari appoints new service chiefs, Olonishakin new CDS

Jul 13 2015 - 4:06pm
All the service chiefs...almost

All the service chiefs…almost

President Muhammadu Buhari has promptly announced replacements for the service chiefs sacked this morning.

A statement by President Buhari’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina said Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin is now the new Chief of Defence Staff, while Major-General Tukur Yusuf Buratai is the new Chief of Army Staff.

The duo replaced Alex Badeh and Kenneth Minimah, former CDS and former army chief.

Adesina also unveiled Buhari’s pick for the post of Chief of Naval staff. He is Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas. He replaces Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin.

Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar - Chief of Air Staff

Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar – Chief of Air Staff


Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar is the new Chief of Air Staff, replacing Adesola Amosu, while Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan is the Chief of Defence Intelligence.

Major-General Babagana Monguno from Borno state is the National Security Adviser, succeeding Colonel Sambo Dasuki, who was appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin - Chief of Defence Staff. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE.

Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin – Chief of Defence Staff. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE.


The new Chief of Defence Staff, Maj.-Gen. Olonishakin (N/6901) hails from Ekiti State.

Until his appointment as Chief of Defence Staff today, he was the Head of the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command in Minna, Niger State.

The new Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Buratai hails from Borno State. Until his new appointment today, he was the Commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force which has its headquarters in N’djamena.

Maj-Gen. Buratai has previously served as Commander of the Nigerian Army’s 2nd Brigade in Port Harcourt and Commander of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry in Jaji, Kaduna State.

Maj. General Yusuf Tukur Buratai: new army chief

Maj. General Yusuf Tukur Buratai: new army chief

The new Chief of Defence Intelligence, Air Vice Marshal Morgan hails from Benue State. He was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force as a Pilot Officer in June, 1982. His previous appointments include Air Officer Commanding, NAF Logistics Command.

Air Vice Marshal Morgan Monday Riku - Chief of Defence Intelligence

Air Vice Marshal Morgan Monday Riku – Chief of Defence Intelligence

The new Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibas (NN/0746) hails from Cross River State.

Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas - Chief of Naval Staff PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE

Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas – Chief of Naval Staff PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE


He enlisted into the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of the 26th Regular Course in 1979 and was commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant in 1983. His previous appointments include: Naval Provost Marshal, Chief Staff Officer, Naval Training Command, Chief of Administration, Naval Headquarters, Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command and Chief of Logistics, Naval Headquarters.

Until his appointment as Chief of Naval Staff, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Navy Holdings Limited.

The new Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Abubakar (NAF/1433) hails from Bauchi State. His previous appointments include: Chief of Standards and Evaluation, NAF Headquarters; Chief of Defence Communications and Air Officer Commanding, NAF Training Command.

Until his new appointment today as Chief of Air Staff, he was the Chief of Administration, NAF Headquarters.

National security Adviser Maj gen Babagana Monguno

National security Adviser Maj gen Babagana Monguno


The new National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Monguno (rtd.) was a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy’s 21st Regular Course. Before his retirement from the Army, he held several command and staff appointments including: Commander, Guards Brigade, Deputy Commandant, National Defence College, Chief of Defence Intelligence, Chief of Defence Logistics and Commander, Training and Doctrine Command.

The new Service Chiefs will hold their appointments in an acting capacity until confirmed by the Senate.

President Buhari thanked the outgoing Service Chiefs and National Security Adviser for their services to the nation and wished them well in their future endeavours.

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