General removed for inability to defeat Boko Haram elevated to Army Chief

Charles Nwoke, Abakaliki, Nigeria.
January 26, 2021

Original report sourced from PUNCH News

Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, a former Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, who was removed by the Nigerian Army High Command for his inability to defeat Boko Haram terrorists in 2017, has today been promoted to the position of Chief of Army Staff by Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), Nigerian President.

In 2017, BBC had reported how the then Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, had given Attahiru 40 days to capture Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader either dead or alive. Attahiru’s failure and inability to live up to expectations saw him being removed without any posting.

None of the officers who later took up Attahiru’s office, however, were able to capture Shekau to date either dead or alive.

Attahiru’s tenure as theatre commander was characterized by several failures and a spike in terrorist attacks.

In May 2017, Attahiru took over the theatre command from Major General Lucky Irabor who is now the Chief of Defence Staff. However, suicide bombings and attacks on military formations increased drastically.

In June, barely a month after he took over, Boko Haram insurgents attacked Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The month after, a group of geologists and technologists from the University of Maiduguri were ambushed by Boko Haram insurgents at the Magumeri area of Borno state. About 12 soldiers who escorted the academics were reportedly killed.

Some members of staff of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation on the team were also killed in the brutal ambush.

Boko Haram, using four female suicide bombers, attacked Muna Gari, a suburb of Maiduguri, killing about 14 persons.

Sourced from PUNCH News