Street Journal has gathered that the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Saad Ibrahim might soon quit his position, having notified the President of his intention to retire voluntarily after having served the country meritoriously in different capacities. Though the reasons behind the Admiral’s decision remain yet unclear, findings revealed that President Goodluck Jonathan has accepted the decision which the CDS has also formalized.
58-year-old Admiral Ibrahim was appointed in October 2012 to replace Air Vice Marshal Oluseyi Pentirin, before then, Ibrahim was the Chief of Naval Staff. Admiral Ibrahim had the privilege of training with the Royal and Indian navies after his graduation from the Nigerian Defence Academy. He also holds a Bachelor of Law which he obtained in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Ibrahim, a navigation and direction specialist was appointed Flag Officer Commanding the Western Naval Command in February, 2009 and he became the Chief of Naval Staff 19 months later.
While the formal announcement is being awaited, all the present service chiefs are being tipped as potential replacements. They include Air Marshal Alex Badeh, the Chief of Air Staff who hails from Adamawa State, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba, the Delta State born Chief of Naval Staff and Lt Gen Azubuike Ihejirika, the Chief of Army Staff who is from Abia State. Gen Ihejirika became a service chief before the other two and Admiral Ibrahim were the only ones that survived the last shake up of the service chiefs. Though there were rumours then that he would replace Petinrin as Defence Chief, he was however asked to retain his postion as Chief of Army Staff.
Street Journal has also found out that intense lobbying has already begun among the service chiefs jostling to replace the Chief of Defence Staff. Some of the lobbyists have hinged their argument on the fact that Ihejirika, being the most senior should get the position while there is another group that feels it is the turn of the Air Force