President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the tenure of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin and the Service Chief of the Army, Navy and Airforce.
The Service Chiefs are Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, Vice Admiral Ibok Ette-Ibas and Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
A statement by the Spokesman of the Minister of Defence, Col Tukur Gusau noted that the extension of tenure by the President was sequel to powers conferred on him by the 1999 constitution and the revised Harmonized terms and Conditions of service of the armed forces.
The statement reads, “The President and Commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, having carefully reviewed the on-going military operations across the nation and the efforts of the Chief of Defence Staff and the Service Chiefs in the counter insurgency operations in the North East coupled with the security situation of the Niger Delta region, has graciously approved the extension of tenure of service of General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, the Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai Chief of Army Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-EteIkwe Ibas, the Chief of Naval staff and Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, the Chief of Air staff.
“This extension is pursuant of the powers conferred on the President and Commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by section 218 (1) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and section 09.06 of the Harmonized Terms and Conditions for Service for officers (2012) Revised.
“The Honourable Minister of Defence Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali therefore congratulates the Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs for earning the confidence of the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Force of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the people of Nigeria leading to their extension of service.
It was gathered that stability and cordial working relationship between the CDS and the Service Chief on the one hand and the cooperation between the service chief of the other hand which brought stability to the armed forces, played a crucial role in President Buhari’s decision to extend the tenures of the military chiefs.
Colonel Tukur Gusau
Public Relations Officer to the Hon Minister of Defence
18 December 2017