‘No general has retired over Yahaya’s appointment as COAS’ – DHQ says

The defence headquarters has denied reports of mass retirement in the Nigerian army following the appointment of Farouk Yahaya as chief of army staff.

DHQ spokesperson, Bernard Onyeuko, said the military headquarters has not authorised any retirement caused by Farouk’s appointment.

Yahaya, a major general, was appointed as army chief to succeed Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a plane crash in May.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Thursday, Onyeuko said not a single army officer has retired because of Yahaya’s appointment.

“At this point, you are all aware of the appointment of the new chief of army staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya. This has stirred up a lot of rumours in the media about mass retirements in the military.”

“I wish to use this medium to dispel such unfounded rumours as retirement is only on a voluntary basis for senior officers who desire to do so.

“At this point, no retirements have been authorised by the military high command.” he said.

Yahaya’s appointment had stirred controversies because his seniors are still in active service.
There were also reports that many generals — who are of course 35 and 36 — would be forced to retire to pave way for the new army chief, who is of course 37.

Some of the officers said to have retired are from southern Nigeria including Benjamin Ahanotu, chief of policy and plan at the army headquarters who is from Anambra state.

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