President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Major General Farouk Yahaya as Chief of Army Staff.
Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, Acting Director, Defence Information, announced this in a statement on Thursday.
Yahaya was the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army and the incumbent Theatre Commander of the Counter terrorism Counter Insurgency military outfit code named Operation HADIN KAI, the statement.
The appointment follows the demise of the late Nigeria’s army chief, Lt-Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, killed in a plane crash in the north-western state of Kaduna.
The incident happened as the plane was trying to land in bad weather, the military said. Ten other officers, including the plane’s crew also died.
President Muhammadu Buhari said he was “deeply saddened” by the crash.
Gen Attahiru, 54, only took up his post in January in an overhaul of the military’s top brass.
It was part of the government’s plan to boost the military’s efficiency in fighting a more than decade-long jihadist insurgency.
The Nigerian Air Force said the incident happened as the plane was landing at Kaduna International Airport.
On Twitter, the president said the crash was a “mortal blow… at a time our armed forces are poised to end the security challenges facing the country”.
Last friday’s crash comes three months to the day after a Nigerian military plane crashed short of a runway in the capital Abuja, killing all seven people on board.