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COAS: ‘Appointing junior officer over seniors weakens morale’

He said the elevation of Yahaya above his seniors was a direct hit against the military, which will see senior, capable officers being purged through…

A former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, faulted the appointment of Major- General Farouk Yahaya as the Chief of Army Staff.

Frank, in a statement in Abuja, noted that President Muhammadu Buhari’s penchant to elevate junior officers in the security establishments to superintendent over their seniors was against the much-cherished military tradition of seniority and subordination.

He said the elevation of Yahaya above his seniors was a direct hit against the military, which will see senior, capable officers being purged through compulsory retirement as seen in the past.

The development, he said, was capable of “breeding widespread distrust, discontent, disloyalty, low morale and lack of motivation in the military and other security agencies.