President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed new Service Chiefs.
This was announced in a tweet by the Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina, on Tuesday.
The new chiefs are: Maj. Gen. Leo Irabor (Chief of Defence Staff) Maj. Gen. I. Attahiru (Chief of Army Staff) Rear Admiral A. Z Gambo (Chief of Naval Staff) and Air Vice Marshal I.O Amao (Chief of Air Staff).
Mr Adesina posted on his verified Twitter handle that “PMB appoints new Service Chiefs. Maj Gen LEO Irabor, CDS, Maj Gen I Attahiru, Army, Rear Adm AZ Gambo, Navy, AVM IO Alao (later corrected as AVM IO Amao), Air Force. He congratulates outgoing Service Chiefs on efforts to bring enduring peace to the country.”
The appointment comes months after there were renewed calls for the replacement of the service heads following the massacre of more than 40 rice farmers in Borno state last year.
The new heads of the armed forces are expected to develop robust strategies for tackling the rising cases of insecurity in Nigeria.
Indeed, the perennial Boko Haram insurgency, armed banditry, kidnapping, and renewed farmer-herders clashes have exacerbate the security challenges, which provoked nationwide clamour for a change in leadership of the armed forces of the country.