President Muhammadu Buhari has constitutionally extended the tenure of all service chiefs and that of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Olonisakin
Buhari, having carefully reviewed the on-going military operations across the nation and the efforts of the Chief of Defence staff and the Service chiefs in the counter insurgency operations in the North East coupled with the security situation of the Niger Delta region decided to give the approval.
Those affected include; General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, the Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai Chief of Army Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-EteIkwe Ibas, the Chief of Naval staff and Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, the Chief of Air staff.
This extension is pursuant of the powers conferred on the President and Commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by section 218 (1) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and section 09.06 of the Harmonised Terms and Conditions for Service for officers (2012) Revised.
Minister of Defence Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali therefore congratulated the CDS and Service Chiefs for earning the confidence of the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Force.