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Nigerian President Overhauls Military Leadership

FILE - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan.FILE - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan.
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FILE - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan.
FILE - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan.
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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has replaced his chief of defense and the heads of the country's army, navy and air force.

A statement Thursday gave no reason for the sweeping overhaul.

The move comes as Nigeria struggles with a four-and-a-half-year insurgency by the militant group Boko Haram. A bombing Tuesday in the group's home city of Maiduguri killed at least 43 people.

Jonathan is also dealing with major defections from the ruling People's Democratic Party, one year ahead of elections.

The president tapped Air Marshal Alex Badeh as the new chief of defense staff, replacing Admiral Ola Sa'ad Ibrahim.

Major General Kenneth Tobiah Jacob Mimimah is the new chief of army staff, Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin takes over the navy, and Vice Marshal Adesola Nunayon Amosu becomes the new head of the air force.

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by: Aw Bilan from: Jasiira
January 17, 2014 11:19 PM
Mr. President your popularity has skyrocketed, all Nigerians must love you dearly now because you have just signed a law which considers every gay citizens as criminals. You have to build very costly concentrations camps to house all homosexuals. Get rid off all Generals who are not supportive. Bring all obedient military officials around you just in case you wanted to become a dictator in 2015.

by: Baba Daniel from: Yola
January 17, 2014 3:43 PM
Tanx Mr.President 4 Ur Talent.Let Change And See.Alex Dont Give Chance,do It Well We Hav Confendent In U.May God Giv U The Ability 2 Perform The Duty Without Fear Of Mind.In Jesus Name.Amen

by: md usman from: tungan maje abuja
January 16, 2014 12:25 PM
mr president u have done a very nice job

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