Mixed reactions have trailed President Muhammad Buhari’s appointment of Major Gen. Farouk Yahaya as the Chief of Army Staff of the the Federation.
The appointment which was made public today by the Presidency was welcomed with arrays of reactions from Nigerians on social media.
Faulting the Presidency’s decision, @armyarrangement tweeted: “For proper context, when Obasanjo (Yoruba) was president, he appointed 4 COAS during his Administration : Victor Malu(Benue), Ogomudia(Delta), Agwai(Kaduna) and Azazi(Bayelsa). Buhari’s blatant ethnic nepotism will tear this country apart. No Yoruba man has been COAS since 1999.”
Also, @GozieEkweozo said: “Seems we lack gallant men from other parts of the country to occupy that position.”
“@MichaelOnyeze said: “Even if it has to do with seniority, he is supposed to choose from the East. Does it mean that Southeasterners are the lowest among the regions we have in the Nigeria army. Southeast is lagging behind in security meetings of this country. E get as e be”
“Personally I am more concerned about the obvious lack of a Clear cut plan by both @NGRPresident and the @HQNigerianArmy on tackling insecurity in the north East and across Nigeria. Without a clear cut plan no matter who is appointed COAS we will keep going in circles,” Uzor Wingate said.
“Amid political chaos and insecurity most especially in Southern Nigeria, a genuine government with conscience and a basic sense of reasoning would have for once balancing the equation to avoid the accusation of lopsided equity…” John-Ezeakolam said.
Oluwatobi highlighted some issues he wishes the new COAS should attend to. He said:I have some point agenda for Major General Farouk Yahaya:
1. Tell us how N1.3tr spent by Nigerian Army to fight Boko haram based on the Nigeria Senate’s request,
2. Decimate the rag-tag terrorist groups in Nigeria,
3. See into the welfarism of Nigerian Soldiers,
4. Stay safe.
However, reacting in support of the Presidency, some Nigerians congratulate Major General Farouk Yahaya and also wished him success during the service.
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