Buhari and Osinbajo decorate Lt. General Faruk  Yahaya, chief of army staff

Buhari and Osinbajo decorate Lt. General Faruk Yahaya, chief of army staff

The chief of army staff, Major General Faruk Yahaya is now a Lieutenant General, in line with Nigerian army tradition.

President Buhari, assisted by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and Yahaya’s wife, Hajiya Salamatu decorated the army chief with all the paraphernalia of his new status.

Yahaya gets his epaulets from Buhari and Salamatu

Yahaya gets his epaulets from Buhari and Salamatu


VP Osinbajo, Buhari, Yahaya and his wife Salamatu

VP Osinbajo, Buhari, Yahaya and his wife Salamatu

Lt.General Faruk Yahaya with his wife, cheered by Osinbajo

Lt.General Faruk Yahaya with his wife, cheered by Osinbajo

All hail the Commander-in-chief: Yahaya saluted President Buhari

All hail the Commander-in-chief: Yahaya saluted President Buhari

Yahaya took over from former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a military plane crash along with ten military officers in Kaduna on May 21.

Yahaya, who hails from Skokto State, had served as the Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, a counter-insurgency operation in the north-east before his new appointment

The event was witnessed by members of the Federal Executive Council, security chiefs including Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor.

Chief of the Air staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao and Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI), Maj. Gen. Sunday Adebayo, also attended the event.

Others were the Director General, Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba.

Photos by Sunday Aghaeze.