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Gen. Adeosun tipped to succeed Gen Turkur Buratai as COAS

Gen Turkur Buratai has exceeded his service tenure and is due for retirement

Lt Gen Turkur Buratai (COAS) has exceeded his service tenure and is due for retirement.

President Muhammadu Buhari today promoted Nigerian Army’s Chief of Training and Operations (CTOPs) Maj.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun to Lieutenant General.

With the elevation, Adeosun wears the same rank as the Chief of Army Staff (CAOS) Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.

Major General Lamidi Adeosun was the force Commander, the Multi-National Joint Task Force conducting series of military operations aimed at closing down the Boko Haram insurgents in the Lake Chad Basin.

Also promoted was the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Brig.-Gen. Bulama Biu to Maj.Gen.

The promotions were contained in a statement on Tuesday evening by army spokesman Sagir Musa, a Colonel.

What could be the implication of this development?

There are two unfolding scenario: as a 3-star General, Adeosun may be propped up to either be made the COAS and Buratai moved up as CDS or: be made CDS (and later promoted to the rank of full General) and a crop of his seniors retired, including Buratai and a current 2-star General made made COAS. Definitely something is in the offing.

Gen Buratai was born on 24th of November 1960 at Buratai town in Biu Local Government Area of Borno State.

was enlisted into the Nigerian Army via the Nigerian Defense Academy on 3rd of January 1981 as a member of 29 Regular Combatant Course 29 (29 RC) where he obtained a National Certificate in Education (NCE). He became a Second Lieutenant on 17th of December 1983 after. By Nigeria’s Public Service Rule (2008:28-29), the compulsory retirement age for all grades in the service shall be 60 years or 35 years of pensionable service whichever is earlier.

The Rule further states that no officer shall be allowed to remain in service after attaining the retirement age of 60 years of punishable service whichever is earlier and that provision of (i) and (ii) of the rule is without prejudice to prevailing requirements for judicial officers and academic staffs of universities who retire at 70 and 65 years respectively.

Going by this rule, Lt Gen Turkur Buratai ought to have retired on 3rd of January 2016 on completion of 35 years of service. Generally, the minimum age for enlisting into the Nigerian Armed Forces is put at 18 years old for voluntary service and at 60 years or after putting in 35 years of service according to the Federal Civil Service Rule.

However, The presidency put the matter to rest when it clarified that the Lt. General is a member of Course 29, and therefore is not due for retirement and as such does not even need any any tenure elongation for now.

“In the case of Gen. Buratai, he was a member of Course 29 in the Nigerian Army, meaning that he has not attained the retirement age or maximum length of service yet.”

And so based on the Armed Forces Terms and Conditions of Service, the tenure of the defence and service chiefs expired on July 13, 2017.

However, the President approved the extension of the tenure till December 2017.

He was appointed Chief of Amy Staff and promoted Lt General and the inception of the Buhari administration in 2015.

President Muhammadu Buhari, thereafter and for the second time, approved the extension of the tenure of Buratai and others including the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, the Chief of Army Staff, , Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, and the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas after “having carefully reviewed the ongoing military operations across the country.”

Buhari had on July 13, 2015, appointed the present crop of defence and service chiefs, and ought to have replaced them after the statutory two years.

But a statement from the Ministry of Defence on Monday, signed by Col. Tukur Gusau, the Public Relations Officer to the Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali, said “The President and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, having carefully reviewed the ongoing military operations across the country 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 approved the extension of tenure of service chiefs.

“This extension is pursuant of the powers conferred on the President by Section 218 (1) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Section 09.06 of the Harmonised Terms and Conditions for Service for officers (2012) Revised.”

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