The Nigerian army on Tuesday, confirmed that President Buhari approved the ‘accelerated promotion’ of two army generals.
The general in-charge of the army training and operations, Maj.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, was promoted to the rank of a Lieutenant General, the same rank with the Chief of the Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, raising speculation that he might take over as the new Chief of Army Staff. Brig.-Gen Abdulmalik Biu, General Officer Commanding 7 Division, was also promoted to the rank of a Major General.
Nigerian Army Public Relations Officer, Col Sagir Musa in his statement on Tuesday said;
“The present administration has continued to demonstrate total and unflinching support to the Armed Forces of Nigeria in the bid to effectively contain the security situation in the country, especially activities of terrorists in the North-East.
“It is in this wise that the President and Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the accelerated promotion of two senior officers and a subaltern of the Nigerian Army. The officers are granted promotion for their extra-ordinary feats, courage, exemplary leadership, loyalty, uncommon commitment and valour in the counter-insurgency operation in the North-East part of the country.
“The two senior officers are Maj.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, who has been promoted to the rank of a Lieutenant General and Brig.-Gen Abdulmalik Biu, General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, and Commander, Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maiduguri, promoted to the rank of a Major General. Also, promoted to the rank of a captain is Lieutenant A.J. Danjibrin of 211 Demonstration Battalion, Bauchi.”