The personal assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on new media, Bashir Ahmad has shed more light on the circumstances surrounding the promotion of Major General Lamidi Adeosun Adeosun to the rank of Lieutenant General.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday approved the promotion Maj Gen Lamidi Adeosun, who remains the Chief of Training and Operations of the country’s military outfit, to the rank of a Lieutenant General.
Following the confirmation by the Nigerian Army in a Tuesday press release, uncertainty sparked as regards the position of the current army chief, Tukur Buratai being threatened,as he now shares the same rank as the promoted Adeosun.
But reacting, Bashir Ahmad took to his twitter page to further confirm the news but however warned Adeosun’s promotion has no effect, whatsoever, on the current position of the Army Chief, Tukur Buratai.
” CERTAINLY, Major General Lamidi Adeosun has been promoted to Lieutenant General, but that doesn’t mean Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai is sacked as Chief of Army Staff.” Bashir tweeted.
CERTAINLY, Major General Lamidi Adeosun has been promoted to Lieutenant General, but that doesn’t mean Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai is sacked as Chief of Army Staff.
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) July 9, 2019
Meanwhile, the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, also confirmed that apart from Adeosun, the President also approved the promotion of “Brig Gen AB Biu, General Officer Commanding 7 Division to the rank of a Major General.”
Tukur Yusuf Buratai, who was commissioned in 1983 and has had multiple command, administrative, and instructional appointments. is the current Chief of Army Staff of Nigeria, a position he was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2015.
There have been concerns, mostly from those in southern Nigeria, as regards the fact the all the heads of the country’s security outfits, barring the Chief of Naval staff, are all northerners.
The promotion of General Adeosun has understandably raised hopes that perhaps a southern was in the frame of becoming the head of Army, but the record has now been set straight.