According to Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-political organisation, President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of Major General Farouk Yahaya will result in the early retirement of 40 experienced military officers.
Ohanaeze lamented the situation in which experienced military officers may be forced to retire due to the country’s insecurity.
However, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the organization’s Secretary-General, congratulated Yahaya on his appointment as the new COAS.
Isiguzoro urged the new Army Chief in a statement to combat insecurity and improve the welfare of his boys.
The statement reads: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide congratulates President Muhammadu Buhari on his newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, General Farouk Yahaya. “The new COAS must uphold the legacies of the late Ibrahim Attahiru and dismantle the cabal sabotaging the fight against insurgents and bandits by recycling insurgency exclusively for the purpose of embezzlement of budgetary allocation for security,” which had made the late
“Approximately 40 Military Generals will be forced to retire from the Army due to their repeated violations of the federal character tenets; imagine the incredible exodus of senior and more experienced military officers leaving the army because their junior was appointed COAS; in a country rife with insecurity, Mr. President has forced over 40 Generals from the 35th and 36th Regiments to retire due to their repeated violations of the federal character tenets.
Additionally, the body lamented that Buhari’s lopsided National Security Council appointments were to blame for secessionist campaigns across the country.
“Ndigbo never lobbied for the position of COAS because it was predictable that the President would favour the North without addressing the imbalance in the National Security Council’s appointment of members, which is sectional in nature and encourages secessionist campaigns in the Middlebelt and Southern Nigeria.
“Our expectation of the newly appointed COAS is that he will develop novel techniques for resolving the conflict that has ravaged Northern Nigeria and has now spread to the south. He should prioritise professionalism and ensure that officers are equipped with modern technology and training. There should be departures from the heinous era of brutality against unarmed agitators, when armed bandits and Boko Haram are pampered and reintegrated into the Army,” the statement continued.