The newly appointed Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Farouk Yahaya, yesterday formally assumed office as the 22nd chief of the Nigerian Army.
Maj Gen Yahaya’s appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari came seven days after the death of the former COAS, Lt – Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, who died alongside ten other military officers in a plane crash in Kaduna last Friday.
Yahaya who arrived at the Army headquarters in Abuja at about 12pm inspected a guard mounted in his honour as well as the change of flag.
He was briefed by the Chief of Policy and Plans (Army), Maj Gen Benjamin Ahanotu.
He was earlier received by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, at the Defence headquarters before moving to Army headquarters.
The CDS, while congratulating the new COAS on his appointment urged him to build on the legacy of his predecessor, Attahiru, particularly in the fight against insurgency and banditry.
Irabor described Yahaya’s appointment as well-deserved, just as he wished him a successful tenure in office as he assumed command.