President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Major General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS).
This development was announced on Thursday, 27th May, 2021.
He replaces Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a military plane crash in Kaduna last Friday.
Prior to his appointment Major General Yahaya was the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army and the incumbent Theatre Commander of the Counterterrorism Counter Insurgency military outfit in the North East code named Operation HADIN KAI.
Yahaya was born in Sifawa, Bodinga Local Government Area of Sokoto state. He is married and blessed with children. He belongs to the Regular Course 37.
The appointment has been confirmed in a statement on the official Twitter handle of the Defence Headquarters.
PRESIDENT BUHARI APPOINTS NEW CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF
The Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Mohammadu Buhari has appointed Major General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff. pic.twitter.com/5Ea8uA6PjK
— DEFENCE HQ NIGERIA (@DefenceInfoNG) May 27, 2021
Maj Gen Yahaya has previously served as Deputy Military Secretary and Military Secretary (Army Headquarters).
Born in 1966, the new COAS is a member of 37 Regular Course and holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy.