How Major General Faruk Yahaya Started His Military Career in 1993: COAS kicked against a false publication that assumes he has served the military for 36 years instead of 35 years. According to a recent publication by the Nigerian Army spokesman Mohammed Yerima, he condemned the publication as an ill journal. He gives a breakdown of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Major General Faruk Yahaya military career from the Cadet Academy.
It is worthy of mention that the COAS while appearing for confirmation did mention to the Distinguished Senators that “what I brought along in this highly tasking office is about 36 years of military experience, having joined the Army on 27 September 1985 as a member of 37 Regular Course (Degree)”. He went further to state “Since that time when I passed out September 22nd, 1990” For the records, the COAS had accurately captured his military experience to include the 5 years he spent in training as Officer Cadet in the Nigerian Defence Academy.
The record of service of an officer however counts from the day he is commissioned. This is clearly stated in the Harmonized Terms and Conditions of Service (Officers) 2017 Revised. In the case of the 22nd COAS, as he stated clearly, he was commissioned on 22nd September 1990 which is a reference point for his service years. This, therefore, means the message being circulated is completely inaccurate and out of context.
Photo of COAS Major General Faruk Yahaya
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