•Promotes counter-insurgency GOC Biu to Major General
•Few non-service Chief officers had been promoted to a Lt-Gen: Akale, Obiakor, Useni, Doganyaro
In an unprecedented move, President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the accelerated promotion of two senior officers and a subaltern of the Nigerian Army, top of who is the former Force Commander of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Maj-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun to a three-star General (Lieutenant General).
Also promoted is the current General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division and Commander Sector 1 Operation Lafiya Dole Maiduguri, Brig-Gen. Abdulmalik Bulama Biu, to the rank of Major General (a two-star General).
This was contained in a statement on Tuesday by the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sagir Musa.
Promotion of a serving officer to the rank of Lieutenant General is rare as apart from those at the level of Service Chiefs, only few other officers have attained such rank.
Some of the few elite officers to have been privileged to receive the rank of a Lieutenant General without being a service Chief including when the then Commandant of Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Maj-Gen Akale was promoted to a three-star General while Lt-Gen Martins Luka Agwai was the Chief of Army Staff.
Others who benefited from such special promotions are: Lieutenant General Chikadiabia Obiakor, who was also promoted to command the UN Peacekeeping Operations during the time of Lt-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika as the Army Chief; and Lt-Gen. Jeremiah Useni who under the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha was then Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as well as Lt.-Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro of the Liberian war fame.
Read the full statement:
MR PRESIDENT, COMMANDER – IN – CHIEF, PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI HAS APPROVED ACCELERATED PROMOTION OF TWO SENIOR OFFICERS & A SUBALTERN OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY
The present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari 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.
In particular, the government has shown commitment to recognizing excellence, dedication and commitment on the part of personnel of the Nigerian Army. It is in this wise that the President, 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, examplary leadership, loyalty, uncommon commitment and valour in the counter insurgency operation in the North Eastern part of the country.
The two senior officers are Major General LO Adeosun, the Chief of Training and Operations at Army Headquarters who has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General and Brigadier General AB Biu, General Officer Commanding 7 Division and Commander Sector 1 Operation LAFIYA DOLE Maiduguri, promoted to the rank of Major General. Also, promoted to the rank of Captain is Lieutenant AJ Danjibrin of 211 Demonstration Battalion Bauchi.
The President, Commander – in – Chief of the Armed Forces, of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has conveyed his personal congratulations to the promoted officers and charged them to continue to be shining examples to their colleagues.
Similarly, the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, on behalf of officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army felicitate with the newly promoted officers and extends his best wishes to them in all their future endeavours.
Acting Director Army Public Relations
9 July 2019