The newly appointed Aide-de-Camp to President Muhammadu Buhari, Lieutenant-Colonel Yusuf Muktar Dodo, on Monday, resumed his duty.
Dodo, a former Academy Adjutant of the Nigerian Defence Academy, took over from Col. Mohammed Abubakar, who is due for the rank of Brigadier General after completing the promotional course in Chile.
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Colonel Abubakar had been nominated to attend a five-month Strategic and Defence Course at Santiago Chile from March 8 to July 30, 2021.
The course is a prerequisite for his next promotion to the rank of Brigadier-General in the last quarter of 2021 and posting outside the shores of the country as a Defence Attache/Adviser in keeping with the customs and tradition of recognising Officers that served as Aide-De- Camp to the President and concluded tour of duty without any blemish.
Abubakar will by the end of this month be the longest-serving ADC to a civilian president (having served in that position for almost six years), and the second longest-serving ADC in the history of Armed Forces of Nigeria after late Colonel Walbe who served General Yakubu Gowon for nine years.
The 48-year-old ADC, who had served in various army units and formations within and outside Nigeria in different capacities, recommended his successor by nominating three seasoned and trustworthy army officers to Buhari. The president picked Dodo.
The office of ADC to the president statutorily provides security and protects the president and his family in conjunction with other security agencies.
Customarily, the ADC attends to the personal needs of the president and other matters regarding his functions as the Head of State of the Armed Forces and the well-being of his family.