President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of tenure of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin by one year. Olonisakin’s tenure as CDS was expected to end on Friday.
Reports have it that the president’s decision to extend the tenure of the CDS, was due to political maneuverings by vested interest who want to ensure that the two most powerful positions in the Military, that of the CDS and that of the Chief of Army Staff, remain in the core north.
It was gathered that before Mr President’s order that Olonisakin’s tenure be extended by one year, the CDS had already commenced the gradual evacuation of his personal effect and belongings from the office.
It would be recalled that there were reports in the media a few weeks back that the President had approved the retirement of Olonisakin and the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas.
According to the reports, Olonisakin and Ibas’ disengagements were based on their attaining the official years of retirement from the military.
While Olonisakin was commissioned Second Lieutenant on December 18, 1981, Ibas’ commissioning took place in 1983. But the Defence headquarters issued a statement debunking the reports. he statement had read.
The statement had read:
“The attention of the of the Minister of defence, Mansur Mohammad Dan Ali was drawn to some media publication claiming that he has sent letters to the Chief of Defence staff, General Abayomi Olnisakin and the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas directing them to hand over their offices on or before Friday December 16, 2016.”
General Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakinwho was the Commandant of the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) of the Nigerian Army in Niger State before his appointment.
He was also at one time, the Commander, Nigerian Army Signals Corp and has also served as the Principal General Staff Officer to a former Defence Minister among several other appointments.