President Muhammadu Buhari has decorated the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Farouk Yahaya with a new rank of Lieutenant General.
President Buhari was assisted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at a short ceremony inside state house Abuja, just before the Federal Executive Council meeting started.
The ceremony which took place at 10: 00 am at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, was attended by top military brass including the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, Chief of the Air, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao, Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI), Maj General Sunday Adebayo, DG Department of State Service (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba.
Also present was Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari; National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno; Minister of Defense, Major-General Bashir Salihu Magashi and wife of the Chief of Army Staff, Hajiya Salamatu Yahaya, among others.
Lt Gen Yahaya takes over from late Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a military plane crash on May 21.
Gen Yahaya succeeds Ibrahim Attahiru, a lieutenant general who died in an air crash on May 21 along with ten other army officers and men.