President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday afternoon appointed Vice Admiral Ola Ibrahim, as the Chief of Defence Staff against all expectations and speculations in the past few days that the Chief of Army Staff, General Azubuike Ihejirika may be elevated to the position. The Kwara State-born new CDS replaces Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin, who has put in 35 years in service.
But General Ihejirika was retained as Chief of Army Staff in the reshuffle of Nigeria’s military chiefs by the President contained in a statement issued by Reuben Abati, spokesperson to the President Thursday.
Taking over from Vice Admiral Ola Ibrahim who has been elevated to the position of CDS is Rear Admiral D. J. Ezeoba from Delta State.
The new Chief of Air Staff is Air Vice Admiral A.S. Badeh from Adamawa State. He replaces Air Marshal Diko Umar who is now expected to proceed on retirement.