By Victor Akaa, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari has on Wednesday decorated the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya with his new rank as Lieutenant General.
President Buhari was assisted by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo in the decoration which took place before the commencement of this week’s Federal Executive Council meeting at State House ,Abuja.
Speaking shortly after his decoration, the COAS expressed his appreciation to the President for appointing him to serve and command the Nigerian Army as the 22nd COAS. He pledged to discharge his duties professionally and diligently with utmost respect for the fundamental rights of the citizenry. Lieutenant General Yahaya also assured the President of his loyalty to the Constitution and Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Present at the event were the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Honourable Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd), Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, Wife of the COAS, Mrs Salamatu Faruk Yahaya, and other senior government officials.
The COAS, on arrival at the Army Headquarters, after his decoration, was received by Principal Staff Officers, who felicitated with him on his well deserved decoration. They also presented him with a customized congratulatory card for his elevation to the enviable rank of Lieutenant General. This ceremony took place after he had inspected a regimental Special Quarter Guard mounted in his honour; a cherished military tradition that is symbolic to signpost the significance of his arrival in Army Headquarters for the first time in Lieutenant General rank since he assumed command on 28 May 21
Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya was appointed as COAS on 26th May, 2021 following the demise of the COAS, late Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru on a plane crash that claimed 10 other lives in Kaduna.
After his appointment, Gen Yahaya was duly screened and confirmed by the National Assembly. Until his appointment, he was the Theatre Commander Sector 2 Joint Task Force North East Operation HADIN KAI.