July 13, 2015

Breaking news: Buhari appoints new Service Chiefs

By Levinus Nwabughiogu

ABUJA – President Mohammadu Buhari , Monday , appointed new Service Chiefs and the National Security Adviser.

Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd.) is now the new National Security Adviser, while  Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin  is Chief of Defence Staff.

The other Service Chiefs are ; Major-General T.Y. Buratai ,  Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas appointed Chief of Naval Staff; Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar is the new Chief of Air Staff and  Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan,  is now the Chief of Defence Intelligence.

Profile of  the newly appointed service chiefs


1. Chief of Army Staff, Major-General T.Y. Buratai

Burati, Chief of Army Staff

Burati, Chief of Army Staff

Major General TY Buratai was the Force Commander of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) before his appointment.

He has served as the Director at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja before his and has also served as the Commandant of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry.

He sometimes served as the Brigade Commander at 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army as well as Commander, Joint Task Force, Operation PULO SHIELD.




  1. Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd.) – National Security Adviser

Has worked as Commander, Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) is Maj.-Gen. Babagana Mungonu


3    Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin – Chief of Defence Staff;

The new Chief of Defence Staff, Maj.-Gen. Olonishakin (N/6901) hails from Ekiti State. Until his appointment as Chief of Defence Staff today, he was the Head of the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command in Minna, Niger State.


  1. Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas – Chief of Naval Staff

IbasIbas hails from Cross River State. He enlisted into the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of the 26th Regular Course in 1979 and was commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant in 1983.

His previous appointments include: Naval Provost Marshal, Chief Staff Officer, Naval Training Command, Chief of Administration, Naval Headquarters, Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command and Chief of Logistics, Naval Headquarters.

Until his appointment as Chief of Naval Staff, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Navy Holdings Limited.


  1. Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar – Chief of Air Staff

 (NAF/1433) hails from Bauchi State. His previous appointments include: Chief of Standards and Evaluation, NAF Headquarters; Chief of Defence Communications and Air Officer Commanding, NAF Training Command. 5. Until his new appointment today as Chief of Air Staff, he was the Chief of Administration, NAF Headquarters.

  1. Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan – Chief of Defence Intelligence

Details later.