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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hints On Why Top Army Officers Were Redeployed

Following Tuesday’s ​statement by Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General TY Buratai, that some individuals have been approaching top Army officers and soldiers for​ ​political reasons, DAILY POST has gathered that the recent redeployment ​in the Nigerian Army was not unconnected with the alarm.

Buratai, our correspondent learnt, had vowed to ​crush any coup ​plot ​against President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Recall that Buhari, again on May 7, travelled to London for medical treatment.

​Just hours after he left Nigeria, Buratai, ​it was learnt, requested to see the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo ​urgently.
​At the ​meeting in the presidential villa, Abuja, Buratai was said to have presented Osinbajo with intelligence that some prominent politicians were hobnobbing with Army officers and soldiers in a bid to compromise them.

​Osinbajo, it was gathered, thanked Buratai and said he trusted the Army Chief to put his officers and soldiers in check.
Buratai responded by pledging his loyalty to the Buhari administration and hinted that he would carry out “immediate changes”, to counter any plan to topple government.

Meanwhile, there are concerns over the safety of Acting President Osinbajo and it is believed that ​he would have reached out to his principal over ​the alarming security reports.
​​DAILY POST contacted the presidency for reaction Tuesday night.

​Femi Adesina, ​Special A​dviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, ​did not take calls put to his mobile phone Tuesday night.

​​However, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, ​said he was not aware of Buratai’s statement.
“A statement by the Army Chief? I’m just hearing this. Unfortunately, I’m not in the country at the moment so I cannot comment”.

​Shehu did not disclose his current location.

On May 10, three days after Buhari jetted out, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Relations, in a statement said “In a bid to re-strategize, the Nigerian Army has posted in 147 officers into Operation LAFIYA DOLE, some Divisions, formations and training schools”.

In a posting released by the Office of the Military Secretary (Army), Major General RO Yusuf, Commander, Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps, is now the Commander Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Minna, while Major General A Oyebade, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Division Nigerian Army, move​s​ to Army Headquarters as Chief of Logistics (COLOG)​.
Major General AM Dikko ​was posted from the Office of the National Security Adviser to 1 Division as GOC, while Major General I Attahiru is now the Theatre Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE.

Major General LEO Irabor move​s​ to Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), as the Field Commander.
Major General PJ Dauke has been posted ​from​ 3 Division to 81 Division as GOC and Brigadier General BI Ahanotu will be Acting GOC 3 Division.

​E​rstwhile Registrar of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Brigadier General IM Yusuf ​is now the Acting GOC 7 Division and Brigadier General SO Olabanji, the Commandant of Amphibious Training School Calabar, is now the Acting GOC 8 Task Force Division.
The GOC 81 Division, Major General EB Oyefolu, is now the Commander, Nigerian Army Training Centre (NATRAC), Kontagora, while Brigadier General MG Ali, ​was moved to Nigerian Army Special Forces School Buni Yadi, as Commandant from NATRAC.

Brigadier General IM Obot is Brigade Commander 26 Task Force Brigade, while Brigadier General AO Quadri ​was moved from the Office of the Chief of Army Staff to 25 Task Force Brigade as Commander.

Also those affected ​were​ some Commanders and Staff Officers at the Defence, Army Headquarters and Brigades.
​In reaction, former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode,​ alleged that ​the latest Nigerian Army shake-up is political and was aimed at undermining Osinbajo.

​He said:​ “It is not by accident that every single security agency in Nigeria today is headed by a northern Muslim except for the Navy.
“And now for the first time since 1999, a northern Muslim has been appointed GOC of the all powerful and critical 1st Division which covers the north west.

“Another has just been appointed to head the Lagos Garrison and Ikeja cantonment.
“Finally, all of Osinbajo’s security team have been changed except for his ADC. Most of the Yorubas have been withdrawn and he is now being guarded by only northerners.

“He would have lost his ADC too but he objected strongly to that one and they left him. The man needs our support and prayers.
“Every Yoruba man and southerner, regardless of party affiliation, owes him and the south that much.
“There is one more thing that I know which will shock Nigerians but I will not say it now.

“It is unbelievable and shocking and when you hear it you will all appreciate the sheer humiliation that Osinbajo has been put through since PMB’s return from UK and before he went back”

( Daily Post)


  1. Anyone who take ffk serious needs to have his or her brain check up

    1. Madam, no vex but na history go talk if the man dey talk true or him just dey yearn dust. Make we dey see!

  2. Let them gather...any gathering against President Osinbajo will fall for his sake in Jesus name...Isaiah 54:14-17

  3. For the first time in his life, FFK makes some serious sense, seriously.

  4. They should well-done....the Yoruba think they are smart, just wait until u meet a ruthless Hausa man...

  5. They should well-done....the Yoruba think they are smart, just wait until u meet a ruthless Hausa man...

    1. Weldone o. Anonymous gone wrong. Na hate go kill you.

  6. Left to me make soldiers come carry all these thieving politrictians comot. I don tire for them

  7. Hmmmm, Abasi mbok o! I prefer this admin to military rule.

    If I twas military regime, FFK for don disappear since.

    1. Afo ado eyen nkang nnyin?

  8. Osinbajo is now being guarded by northerners.. Hmmmmm.

    Nigeria my country, I pray our VP will not fall victim soon

    Mc pinky

  9. Just like that...this is getting serious.

    God help our VP.

  10. They said there is a plot for a Coup, what's with the north and power?
    And to think they have the least literate people ma enye nkirinka nsogbu like this!

  11. Omo oduduwa you all need to look out for your man, our VP. As for my South Southern and South eastern brothers, we need to unify against any sort of oppression from the north.God forbid our blood to be shed again. God bless Nigeria.

    1. Unify? The yorubas should have thought of that when they sabotaged JEG and supported buhari.. let tinubu and co carry their cross

  12. Y'all believe FFK? Did u not read the part VP was briefed and he gave the go ahead order for the shake up? Its politicians like FFK that wants to overthrow this govt. But I wont ever work!

  13. As it is now, Osibanjo cannot even sleep with two eyes closed again. And he should stop eating anywhere other than the food his wife prepared for him. As it is, he is a sitting duck. Anything can happen.

  14. E don reach now they remember every Yoruba person and 'southerner'. We send them message before? Tinubu should kuku start strategizing too They follow cause this katakata.

  15. Any one who listens to FFK, I pity you. That man is desperately DESPERATELY SEEKING relevance and is never one to look out for anyone but himself. The easiest way to get Nigerians is to bring in divisive tactics and it works. FFK, FFK is who is making sense as some have said up top...there is a reason Nigeria will be the way it is. The same FFK will soon run for president and have young brainless clowns following him around. FFK is the Trump of Nigeria, just with less owo. All these men should be taken with a grain of salt. Come 2019, if the youth do not stand up to flush out and silence all these maniacs...we are done.

    The only enemies these people have are people against their gain. They care nothing for you. IF he was so noble, he would be fighting the good fight and not talking trash every two minutes. I am tired sef.

  16. Tinubu I greet you o, Tinubu is the cause of all this.

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  18. Make Hausa & yourba continue with their lovey dovey parole it will backfire this time

  19. Was just noting madam Dolapp trying hard to smile at one of the recent events,she was so sad and dark and slimmer,only God know what's the dirty secrets going on......all I know is it will suck honey from rocks and get treasures in dark places just like the Bible said about me!!!!


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