Thursday, 16 January 2014
PRESIDENT JONATHAN APPROVES CHANGES IN MILITARY HIGH COMMAND
conferred on him by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria approved the following changes in the nation's Military High
Air Marshal Alex Badeh takes over from Admiral Ola Sa'ad Ibrahim as
Chief of Defence Staff;
Major-General Kenneth Tobiah Jacob Minimah takes over from Lt.-General
Azubike O. Ihejirika as Chief of Army Staff;
Rear Admiral Usman O. Jibrin takes over from Vice Admiral Dele Joseph
Ezeoba as Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice Marshal Adesola Nunayon
Amosu takes over from Air Marshal Badeh as Chief of Air Staff.
All the changes are with immediate effect.
The new Chief of Defence Staff and former Chief of Air Staff, Air
Marshal Badeh was born on January 10, 1957 and joined the Air Force as
a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy's 21 Regular Course while
the new Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Minimah was born on July
27, 1959 and joined the Army as a member of the Nigerian Defence
Academy's 25 Regular Course. Until his new appointment, Major-General
Minimah was the Commander of the Nigerian Army Infantry Corps, Jaji.
The new Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin was born on
September 16, 1959 and joined the Navy as a member of the Nigerian
Defence Academy's 24 Regular Course. Until his appointment as Chief of
Naval Staff, he was Director of Training at Defence Headquarters.
The new Chief of Air Staff and immediate past Commander of the
Presidential Air Fleet, Air Vice Marshal Amosu was born on August 1,
1958 and joined the Air Force as a member of the Nigerian Defence
Academy's 25 Regular Course. Until his new appointment, Air Vice
Marshal Amosu was the Air Officer Commanding, Tactical Air Command,
President Jonathan has briefed the leadership of the National Assembly
on the appointment of the new service chiefs and will, in keeping with
the provisions of the law, request the National Assembly to formally
confirm the appointments when it reconvenes.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
January 16, 2014