– President Muhammadu Buhari spoke about the qualities he saw in Major General Farouk Yahaya that led him to appoint the officer to COAS
– Yahaya is replacing Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, who was killed in a plane crash with ten other military personnel during an official trip to Kaduna State
– Attahiru took office amid security challenges in the country ranging from kidnappings, bandits and riots in the northeast
Lagos State – President Muhammadu Buhari has justified the appointment of Major General Farouk Yahaya as Chief of Army Staff (COAS).
According to The Nation, the Nigerian said President Arise TV during an interview on Thursday June 10th that one of the reasons for choosing Yahaya before other superiors his experience in the fight against Boko Haram in the Northeast.
The president explained that an additional factor is that the general has the support and understanding of the troops. < / p>
The appointment of Yahaya had sparked controversy and speculation that some generals in the Nigerian army will retire.
However, Defense Headquarters claimed the reports were untrue.
President Buhari accuses critics in appointments
Meanwhile, the Nigerian President also denies that Appointments under his government are based on ethnicity.
He argued that his appointments are based solely on merit, arguing that he cannot give up seniority and merit for balance and federal character .
Buhari stated that it would be wrong to prefer those who have had shorter years of service to those who have stayed longer.
The President highlights the causes of riots
In another report, President Buhari stated that Boko Haram in Nigeria has been largely successful due to youth unemployment and poverty.
The Nigerian leader said he believed his government have done a lot to fight the terrorists, but the problem in the northeast is very difficult
He said the majority of the terrorists are citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
< h3> Kidnappers of Islamic students from Niger demand ransom
Meanwhile, the kidnappers of more than 136 students and employees of the Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School, Tegina, in the municipality of Rafi, Niger state, are demanding a sum of 110 million N as ransom for the safe release of the O pfer.
Channels Television reported that the bandits also threatened to kill the victims if the school or their parents fail to comply with their demands this week.
< p class = "align-left"> The headmaster of the school, Abubakar Alhassan, informed journalists on Tuesday June 1st, adding that the call from the bandits on Monday May 31st at around 16:00 Clock has arrived.