By Ibidapo Balogun
President Muhammadu Buhari has been worried for some time now why professionalism is at its lowest ebb in the Nigerian armed forces. He is bordered about the present state of the armed forces, which underbelly has been exposed by the ongoing war against the Boko Haram insurgents.
He once lamented about the state of the Nigerian army, wondering “how the mighty has fallen”. He said the Nigeria armed forces that used to be highly referred in Africa now have to depend on its neighbours to fight Boko Haram. And he knows the importance of intelligence in waging a war against insurgents.
WESTERN POST can reveal today that President Buhari created a new portfolio of Chief of Defence Intelligence, made it a service chief and appointed Air Vice Marshall Monday Riku Morgan as Chief of Defence Intelligence.
The reason behind this, according to intelligence sources, is to step up intelligence gathering in fighting the war against religious insurgency.
“The Boko Haram insurgents have increasingly engaged suicide bombers in its war. It is difficult to know the next girl that wants to die on the streets except the military steps up its intelligence gathering to nip this in the bud. President Buhari knows this and that’s why he has appointed a Chief of Defence Intelligence and made him a Service Chief,” a defence expert said.
“The Boko Haram attacks has again been on the rise in recent times particularly after the May 29 handover; its been one day one or many attacks and this has been a source of concern to President Buhari,” he added.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu had last week criticised President Buhari, saying Boko Haram insurgency worsening under his watch.
Not much is known yet about Air Vice Marshall Morgan but security sources described him as an intelligence expert of note.
President Buhari had on Monday sacked the service chiefs he inherited from former President Goodluck Jonathan regime. He appointed new one as follows:
- Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin – Chief of Defence Staff;
- Major-General T.Y. Buratai – Chief of Army Staff
- Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas – Chief of Naval Staff
- Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar – Chief of Air Staff
- Air Vice Marshal Morgan Monday Riku – Chief of Defence Intelligence
- Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd.) – National Security Adviser
A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the new Chief of Defence Staff, Maj.-Gen. Olonisakin (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.
He said: “The new Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Buratai hails from Borno State. Until his new appointment today, he was the Commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force which has its headquarters in Ndjamena. Maj-Gen. Buratai has previously served as Commander of the Nigerian Army’s 2nd Brigade in Port Harcourt and Commander of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry in Jaji, Kaduna State.
“The new Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibas (N0746) 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 Marshall, 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.
“The new Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Abubakar (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. Until his new appointment today as Chief of Air Staff, he was the Chief of Administration, NAF Headquarters”.
Adesina said the new Service Chiefs will hold their appointments in an acting capacity until confirmed by the Senate.
President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service Chiefs and National Security Adviser for their services to the nation and wishes them well in their future endeavours, he added.