SWITZERLAND, JULY 10 – The Nigerian Army has denied reports that newly promoted Lieutenant General Lamidi Adeosun is replacing Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai as the Chief of Army Staff.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the Nigerian Army said:
“Contrary to fake news going round insinuating or suggesting appointment of Lieutenant General LO Adeosun as Chief of Army Staff of the Nigerian Army. Any contrary information is baseless, fake news and should be disregarded.
“Lt Gen LO Adeosun is only granted special promotion by the President, Commander -in – Chief, of the Armed Forced of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for his extra ordinary feats, exemplary leadership, loyalty and uncommon commitment in the counter insurgency operation in the North Eastern part of Nigeria. He still retains his appointment/position as Chief of Training and Operations of the Nigerian Army.
“Members of the public are hereby once again informed that Lieutenant General LO Adeosun has just been given special/accelerated promotion from Major General to Lieutenant General and formally communicated to him by the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai.”
Today’s Echo gathers that the speculations started on Tuesday after President Muhammadu Buhar promoted Maj.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, Nigerian Army’s Chief of Training and Operations (CTOPs) to Lieutenant General.
With the elevation, Adeosun wears the same rank as the Chief of Army Staff (CAOS) Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.
Also promoted was the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Brig.-Gen. Bulama Biu to Maj.Gen.
The promotions were contained in a statement on Tuesday evening by army spokesman Sagir Musa, a Colonel.