Buhari replaces Buratai with new Chief of Army Staff sacked for failing in Boko Haram war

Buhari replaces Buratai with new Chief of Army Staff sacked for failing in Boko Haram war

One of the new Service Chiefs appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari was infamously sacked for failing in his task of prosecuting the war against the jihadist group, Boko Haram.

He is Major General Ibrahim Attahiru.

1st News reports that Major Gen. Attahiru was appointed as replacement for the erstwhile Chief of Army Staff; Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai. However, Attahiru was sacked by Buratai as the commander leading the offensive against Boko Haram in December 2017.

Subsequently, he was redeployed to an unspecified post. His sack and redeployment came in the wake of a string of attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents; including the killing of at least 50 people in November 2017. Although no official reason was given for Major Gen. Attahiru’s removal; the decision was widely seen as not unconnected with the damaging reverses suffered during his time in charge.


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In July 2017, his predecessor as Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Buratai had given him a deadline to deliver Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau dead or alive within 40 days.

However, Major Gen. Attahiru not only failed to deliver the dreaded Shekau; but under his watch, the Nigerian Army endured a series of embarrassing reverses against the insurgents. The terrorist group, which saw a splinter cell emerge from it in 2016, has since become bolder, carrying out more daring attacks against Nigerian military targets, the civilian population and aid workers.

Outgone Service Chiefs

On Tuesday, January 26, 2021, President Buhari had taken action, announcing the immediate sack and replacement of the Service Chiefs; with Major Gen. Attahiru surprisingly picked to replace Lt. Gen. Buratai.

The President made the disclosure via a couple of tweets on his verified handle on the micro-blogging site, Twitter.

In addition to Buratai, the other Service Chiefs relieved of their positions are General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (Chief of Defence Staff); Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas (Chief of Naval Staff); and Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Chief of Air Staff).

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