Top military officers yesterday laid to rest speculations about likely change of Service Chiefs.

They said such change would emanate from the Presidency and not from the military.

According to the officers, who spoke with The Nation on condition of anonymity, the speculations on the social media and concerns raised about the promotion of a Two-Star General to a Three-Star General was uncalled for.

President Muhammadu Buhari promoted Major-General Lamidi Adeosun to the rank of Lieutenant-General for courage, dedication to service and exemplary leadership.

As soon as the promotion was announced by the Director of Public Relations, Nigerian Army, Col. Sagir Musa, there were speculations that the Service Chiefs had been changed by the President.

But military top shots said there was nothing new about the promotion of Major-General Adeosun to the rank of Lt.-Gen. as Buratai is yet holding forte as the Chief of Army Staff.

One of the senior officers said if there is going to be changes of Service Chiefs, it would come from the President while the media would immediately be in the know.

“Let me tell you: if there is a change of Service Chiefs, it will not be from any of the Service Chiefs but from the Presidency. It could come via a statement from presidential spokesman, or you will know about it in the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and other media,” the source said.

A retired Major-General, who also spoke in confidence, noted that the promotion of Major-Generals to the rank of Lt.-Gen. had been done in the past without much emotions attached to the matter.

The senior officer cited the case of Lt.-Gen Jeremiah Useni, who was the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister under the late General Sani Abacha, while, Lt.-Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi was the Chief of Army Staff.

Also, there was the case of Major-General Akale, who was the Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, at the time Lt.-Gen. Martins Luther Agwai was the Chief of Army Staff, he said.

The officer also argued that Major General Chikadiabia was also promoted Lt.-Gen. and made Commander of United Nations (UN) Peace Keeping Operations without people raising questions about the promotion.

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