President Muhammadu Buhari has decorated the New Chief of Army Staff Lt., Gen. Faruk Yahaya, with the rank of lieutenant general.
The brief occasion held earlier today at the State House just before the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
TheFact Nigeria recalls that Yahaya was appointed as the new army chief on May 27, following the death of Ibrahim Attahiru in a plane crash on May 21.
In attendance were the Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor, and the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba amongst others.
The new rank, mostly preserved for whoever assumes the office of the chief of army staff, is the next after the rank of a major general, in ascending order.
Until his appointment, the army chief was the theatre commander of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK), in the Northeast region of the country.