At least five top officials have emerged as the possible successor of the late Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, who passed away tragically on Friday.
WUZUPNIGERIA reported that the CoAS, who was buried in Abuja on Saturday, died in a plane crash alongside 10 others, including the Chief of Military Intelligence, Brig-Gen. Kuliya, and Provost Marshall, Brig-Gen. Olayinka.
As Nigerians mourn and anticipate the announcement of the nation's 22nd Chief of Army Staff who would lead Nigerians to victory against terrorism, banditry and kidnapping amongst other cases of insecurity, reports suggest that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) could snub ranks while selecting the new CoAS.
Speaking to PRNigeria, a top military officer revealed that seniority is not the major factor considered for the appointment of service chiefs.
He said: "The President has the discretion to appoint anyone he wishes, or probably a nomination from the Minister of Defence. Apart from seniority, officers considered must be grounded in military operations and intelligence."
Find below the list of officials speculated to succeed the late Chief of Army Staff according to DailyPost:
#1- Major General Danjuma Ali-Keffi, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division of Nigerian Army, Kaduna. A Nasarawa indigene who has more than 30 Major Generals above him.
#2- Major General Ben Ahanotu of Regular Course 35 from Anambra State(The Chief of Policy and Plan). He was the commander of the operation that captured Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf and his followers at their hideout in Maiduguri in 2009 before handing them over to the Police.
#3- Major General AM Aliyu of Regular Course 36 from Gombe State is another operation officer. The Chief of Administration and former Director Foreign Liaison at the Defence Intelligence Agency. He was responsible for processing intelligence for military operations.
#4- Major General Ibrahim Manu Yusuf of Regular Course 37 from Yobe State. The Chief of Operation and former Force Commander Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF). Yusuf, formerly of the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, lectured at the Nigerian Defence College (NDC), Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), and Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre (NAPKC), Jaji.
#5- Major General Faruk Yahaya of Regular Course 37 from Zamfara State. He is the current Theatre Commander Operation in the North-East and former General Officer Commanding Officer, 1 Division.