Monday, November 05, 2012
Shift Change In Nigeria Military Commands
The Goodluck Jonathan administration must be feeling the uncertainties surrounding the military machines of the 4th Republic which has been troubled from its inception May 29, 1999, when Olusegun Obasanjo was sworn in as a civilian to take over the affairs of state, sending the military juntas back to the barracks.
It was only a month ago that the Jonathan-led government reshuffled the shift schedules of the military commands when he by-passed the Chief of Army Staff, General Azubuike Ihejirika, who in all expectations was to be assigned the powerful military post of defense, but rather appointed Naval Chief, Vice Admiral Ola Sa'ad Ibrahim as the nation's new Chief of Defense Staff, replacing Air Chief Marshal Oluseyin Petinrin who had been talked into retiring.
In what Jonathan administration sources say and from related media reports, there's major shake up in the Nigerian military commands, in all aspects with the appointments of four new Air Officers Commanding (AOCs). The new postings which takes effect are: Air Vice marshal K. Onyemaobi, Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Tactical Comm and, Makurdi; Air Vice Marshal Ishaku Umar, AOC Training Command, Makurdi; Air Vice Marshal Olufemi Abiodun Idowu, AOC Mobility Command, Yenagoa, and Air Vice Marshal Aminu Adamu, AOC Logistics Command, Lagos. In other appointments, Commodore Chukwuma Mojekwu, Managing Director, Post Housing Scheme, Air Vice Marshal Nicholas Spiff, Chief of Administration, NAF Headquarters while Commodore Emeka Ozoemena was moved to the Jos Station Command among series of other strategic appointments.