Nigerian Army Appoints New Spokesperson, Reshuffles Senior Officers

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The Nigerian Army has appointed Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu as its new spokesperson. Prior to his current appointment, Nwachukwu was the Acting Director of Defence Information. He was also the deputy director of Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command in Maiduguri, Borno State.

Nwachukwu is an alumnus of the University of Ibadan and also a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR). He has attended numerous professional and military courses both within and outside Nigeria.

Some of these courses include Deputy Spokesman/Media Operations Course at the Joint Information Activities Group, Royal Air Force, Holton, United Kingdom, and Special Operations Command Course, Shijiazhuang Military Academy, China.

Major General C.G. Musa was also appointed as the New Theatre Commander, Operation Hadin Kai, the North-East counter-insurgency operation while Brigadier General A.M. Umar is the new Chief of Staff to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

The reshuffle was expected following the appointment of Major General Faruk Yahaya as COAS on May 27, 2021.

Mr. Yahaya replaced the late COAS, Ibrahim Attahiru who died in an ill-fated plane crash on May 21, 2021.