President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, appointed Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru as the new Chief of Army Staff.
The move followed the resignation of the erstwhile army chief, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.
ALEDEH News recalls that Buratai removed Attahiru as the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, in December 2017. The operation coordinates the war against Boko Haram in Northeast Nigeria.
Attahiru’s redeployment came three days after Boko Haram insurgents carried out one of the deadliest attacks on Biu town in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria, where at least 18 people were killed and 52 others seriously injured.
Buratai was allegedly unimpressed with the the way the operation was going. He had in August 2017 issued an ultimatum of ‘40 days’ for Ibrahim to arrest the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, and put an end to the incessant Boko Haram attacks. The targets were not met.
Attahiru took over the command of the counterinsurgency operations in the North-east in May 2017.
He was replaced by Rogers Nicholas, also a major general.
ATTAHIRU TOUTS HIS ACHIEVEMENTS
In his valedictory speech at the operation, Attahiru touted his achievements as commander.
He said his team killed five Boko Haram commanders and neutralised 70 terrorists while he was at the helm.
“Suffice to note that during the operations, 5 high profile BHT commanders and many foot soldiers were killed, while many other members of the group surrendered owing to the effectiveness of the operations,” Attahiru said.
“None kinetic operations were also conducted through coordinated media and information operations that led to the surrender of 72 BHT, who were immediately inducted into Operation SAFE CORRIDOR.
“Furthermore, operational support was also provided to troops of Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) during Operation RAWAN KADA in June 2017, which led to the killing of over 70 BHT and the capture of assorted automatic weapons.”
The major general claimed that his posting was routine, and had nothing to do with what was being reported in the media.
EXPECTATIONS FOR ATTAHIRU
Before Ibrahim’s appointment, several Nigerians called for the removal of Buratai as army chief due to the incessant terrorist attacks in the northeast.
The new army chief is expected to hit the ground running and help the nation overcome the war against the rampaging terrorists and bandits.
President Buhari recently promised that the nation’s security will improve significantly in 2021.
The commander in chief will be counting on Attahiru and other service chiefs to help him fulfill his promise to Nigerians.