A wind of promotion is sweeping through the Nigerian Armed Forces with the promotion over 70 Brigadier General and their equivalent in the Navy and Air Force to the rank of two star general.
A breakdown of the figure indicates that the Army accounts for 39 new Major Generals, the Navy 19 Rear Admirals and Air Force 16 Air vice Marshals.
The Army Council had in all approved the promotion of 410 senior officers to their next ranks, The Navy Board approved the promotions of 203, while the Air Force Council approved the promotion of 107 Air Force officers.
The promotion released Wednesday has 39Brigadier Generals promoted to Major General, 97,Colonels to Brigadier Generals, 105, Lieutenant-Colonels to Colonels and 171 Majors promoted Lieutenant-Colonels.
Acting director army public relations Sagir Musa who was also promoted to Brigadier General, made this known in a statement saying that, “The Army Council has on Wednesday the 25th of November 2020, approved the promotion of senior officers to the next ranks of Major General and Brigadier General respectively. A total of 39 Brigadier Generals are lucky to be meritoriously promoted to Major General, while 97 Colonels have also been elevated to Brigadier General accordingly.”
Similarly, the Naval Spokesman Suleman Dahun said in a statement that breakdown of the promotions released showed that 122 Lieutenant Commanders were promoted to the rank of Commander, 38 Commanders were promoted to Captain, 24 Captains to the Flag Rank of Commodore and 19 Commodores were promoted to the Flag Rank of Rear Admiral.
The Air Force statement which was signed by Wing Commander Bassey Okon Said the affected senior officers comprise 16 Air Commodores (Air Cdres) who were promoted to the rank of Air Vice Marshal (AVM), 31 Group Captains (Gp Capts) who were promoted to the rank of Air Cdre, 27 Wing Commanders (Wg Cdrs) promoted to the rank of Gp Capt and 33 Squadron Leaders (Sqn Ldrs) promoted to the rank of Wg Cdr.
While the Army elevated Colonel Sagir Musa to the next rank of Brigadier General, the Navy also elevated Navy Captain Mohammed Wabi to Commodore, while the Air Force promoted Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa to Air Commodore.