The Service Chiefs have agreed to subordinate themselves under the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, in line with universal best practices.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, said Commanders of all ongoing military operations will henceforth report directly to Irabor, as obtained in military organisations across the world.
The Service Chiefs’ decision may not be unconnected to the frosty relationship that existed between the former Service Chiefs and the erstwhile CDS, Gabriel Olonisakin.
In a statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the Service Chiefs took the decision to strengthen efforts to check the country’s security challenges.
The statement partly read: “The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has stated that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and other sister Services have agreed to subordinate themselves to the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), under the abled leadership of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor.
“According to him, just as it is obtainable in military organisations worldwide, the DHQ is responsible for the command and control of the entire Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN), which also means that all ongoing joint operations and Joint Task Forces are directly subordinated to the DHQ, and their commanders report directly to the CDS…”