Nigeria’s Buhari sacks top military brass

NO NONSENSE: Mohammadu Buhari dramatically fired his military chiefs

NO NONSENSE: Mohammadu Buhari dramatically fired his military chiefs

The newly elected President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari, has fired the nation’s army, navy, and air force and defense commanders in the long awaited overhaul of the country’s military as it battles Boko Haram militants.

The dismissed high ranking military officials are Air Marshal Alex Badeh, Lt. Gen Kenneth Minimah, Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin and Air Vice Marshal Adesola Amosu.

During his campaign Buhari assured Nigerians and the world he would aggressively go against the cruel terror group that has wreaked havoc in the North East of the country and across neighbouring countries of Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

Buhari, the country’s former military ruler,  has since inauguration relocated the military’s command center to Maiduguri (Northeast), Boko Haram’s strong hold in move aimed at taking on the insurgents head on.

Buhari’s predecessor Goodluck Jonathan, and the Nigerian military have always been accused of “dragging their feet” when it comes to fighting Boko Haram.

The terror group is infamous for kidnapping about 300 girls in 2014, and they have never been rescued.

Earlier this month, Chad announced they had captured one of Boko Haram’s leaders Bahna Fanaye alias Mahamat Moustapha in the capital N’DJAMENA.

International human rights organisations and corruption watchdogs have accused Nigeria’s military of blatant human rights abuses and corruption.

Just this June, Amnesty International released a scathing report on Nigeria’s military accusing it of gross human rights violations, and implicating in the regrettable deaths of 8,000 prisoners.

Lt Gen Kenneth Minimah, former Army Chief

Lt Gen Kenneth Minimah, former Army Chief

Afrika Reporter has learnt that upon his firing, the army chief, Lt Gen Kenneth Minimah was addressing a conference on Boko Haram in the capital Abuja.

He was reportedly saying the recent string of Boko Haram bombings across the country are due to Nigeria’s military successful offensive against the militants.