Tuesday, June 15, 2021

I joined the Military 36 years ago, says new COAS

 Newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya told the House of Representatives Committees on Defence and Army that he joined the Nigerian Army about 36 years ago, one year above the 35 years mandatory retirement period in public service.

The Nation

This is coming as the House of Representatives insist on synergy among the security services in the country in other to win the war against insecurity.

The minimum age for enlisting into the Nigerian Armed Forces is put at 18 years old for voluntary service and are expected to retire from service at 55 years or after putting in 35 years of service according to the Federal Civil Service rules.

The new Army Chief is 55 years old this year and has put in 36 years into the service of the Nigerian Army.

Speaking when he appeared before the joint committee of the House for confirmation as the new Army Chief, Yahaya said he was coming on board as the head of the Army with 36 years of experience as well as a load of experience from his various service units.

Yahaya, a member of Course 37 at the Nigeria Defence Academy however assured that when confirmed, he will have a very close working relationship with other service chiefs whom he said he had worked with in the same mission in the past, with a special nickname they often called themselves.

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