Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai is still the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) the Nigerian Army, said on Tuesday, emphasising that the public should discountenance any contrary information as baseless and fake.
The speculation had come following the elavation of Major General Lamidi O. Adeosun to the rank of Lieutenant General by President Muhammadu Buhari, which was made public on Tuesday.
But, a statement by Colonel Sagir Musa, Acting Director Army Public Relations, debunked the story, saying that Lieutenant General Adeosun was only granted special promotion by Buhari, for his “extra ordinary feats, exemplary leadership, loyalty and uncommon commitment” which was communicated to him by the Buratai himself.
The statement, read: “Contrary to fake news going round insinuating or suggesting appointment of Lieutenant General LO Adeosun as Chief of Army Staff of the Nigerian Army, members of the public are hereby once again informed that Lieutenant General LO Adeosun has just been given special/accelerated promotion from Major General to Lieutenant General and formally communicated to him by the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. TY Buratai.
“Lt. Gen. LO Adeosun is only granted special promotion by the President, Commander -in – Chief, of the Armed Forced of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for his extra ordinary feats, exemplary leadership, loyalty and uncommon commitment in the counter insurgency operation in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.
“He still retains his appointment/position as Chief of Training and Operations of the Nigerian Army.
“Any contrary information is baseless, fake news and should be disregarded.”