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Nigeria: What to Know About Lucky Irabor, Nigeria's New Chief of Defence Staff

Lucky Irabor had won the respect of many Nigerians for taking responsibility for the actions of his troops in the war against the Boko Haram insurgency

p Lucky Irabor had won the respect of many Nigerians for taking responsibility for the actions of his troops in the war against the Boko Haram insurgency President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday appointed Lucky Irabor, an army major-general, as the new Chief of Defence Staff, following the resignation of the former service chiefs.President Buhari made the surprise announcement after years of defending his refusal to change the service chiefs he appointed in 2015 and who had long passed the public service retirement age.The former service chiefs had earlier promised to end the Boko Haram war this year.A statement signed by President Buhari's spokesperson, Femi Adesina, on Tuesday announced the "resignations" of the four service chiefs and Mr Irabor's appointment.

He is taking office alongside new service chiefs for the army, navy and air force.Nigerians had blamed the reverses suffered by the security forces in the war against the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east on Mr Buhari's refusal to rejig the military command and bring in new hands.

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