Adebayo Obasanjo, a son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, was among 12 senior military officers at the 3 Division of the Nigerian Army who were on Monday decorated with their new ranks after the Army Council’s approval of 226 for the nationwide exercise.
Also, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Division, Major General Peter Dauke whose ceremonial decoration was done in Abuja, last week, was introduced to his officers and men with his new rank at the military formation’s headquarters in Jos.
Colonel Obasanjo was promoted from the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, two years after he was rushed back from the battle front where he sustained serious injuries engaging with the terrorists Boko Haram in Adamawa State.Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Tukur Burati, was represented at the event by Major General Nicholas Ibe Rogers, the commander of the Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), a peace operation stationed in Plateau and parts of Bauchi state.
Six senior offers wore the new rank of Brigadier General, the senior among whom is Brigadier General Ibrahim Dogara Yusuf, whose appointment has been due since 2014. The other six were promoted to the rank of colonel, among whom is Adebayo Obasanjo. The COAS told the newly promoted officers to consider their new ranks as a new level of commitment to the ideal of the Nigerian military, and to remain loyal to the system. The GOC, Major General Dauke charged them to show more loyalty and dedication to the service.