Major General Attahiru Ibrahim is the new Chief of Army Staff of the Nigerian Army, replacing Buratai.
Prior to Major General Attahiru Ibrahim’s appointment as the new Chief of Army Staff, he was the Chief of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army.
Major General Attahiru Ibrahim was tasked with leading the offensive against Boko Haram in the northeast in May 2017.
He was later replaced by another general, Nicholas Rogers, who led a special military and police force to combat ethnic clashes in the volatile central region.
Here is a report on Major General Attahiru Ibrahim from in December 2017.
Army replaces commander in the war against Boko Haram – after six months
Attahiru Ibrahim, a major general, has been removed from his position as theatre commander of the Lafiya Dole operation.
It was learned that Ibrahim was replaced by Rogers Nicholas, a major general previously in charge of logistics at Army headquarters.
Ibrahim is expected to return to work as deputy chief for policy and plans at Army headquarters.
His removal is said to be related to his command’s apparent ineffectiveness in combating the Boko Haram insurgency.
In May, he took over the operations command from Lucky Irabor, who now coordinates the multinational joint task force (MNJTF).
Since then, suicide bombings and attacks on military formations have increased.
In June, barely a month after Ibrahim took command, Boko Haram insurgents attacked Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.
A month later, a group of geologists and technologists from the University of Maiduguri were ambushed by Boko Haram insurgents in Magumeri, Borno State. About 12 soldiers accompanying the academics were reportedly killed.
Some employees of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) who were travelling with the team were also killed in the brutal ambush.
Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, had given Ibrahim and his troops a 40-day ultimatum in August to capture Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram sect, but this has not happened to date.
Months after the army chief ordered the capture of Shekau, the sect attacked Muna Gari, a suburb of Maiduguri, with four suicide bombers, killing about 14 people.
A number of attacks were also carried out in Adamawa State.
About 40 people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a mosque in Yola.
An army unit commander and about 15 soldiers were killed in November when insurgents attacked a military unit in Sassawa, Yobe State.
More recently, an attack occurred in Biu, Borno state, where two suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a market, killing about 18 people.