“The President has relieved the service chiefs, including the heads of the army, air force and navy of their appointments”, media outlets quoted spokesman Femi Adesina as saying on Monday.

Buratai, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas appointed Chief of Naval Staff; Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar is the new Chief of Air Staff and Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan, is now the Chief of Defence Intelligence.

At least 43 people were killed in attacks by the extremists in a remote region in the country’s north-east on Friday, according to police and residents.

But it has been PDP’s tepid approach to the Boko Haram menace since 2009 that allowed the sect to fester and, at a point during ex- President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, they captured vast territories in northeast Nigeria.

The change of defense chiefs was widely anticipated because Buhari, an ex- general who was inaugurated on May 29, has made crushing militant Islamist group Boko Haram his top priority. Shortly after, a man wearing a full-face veil killed 15 people in a busy market in Chad’s capital N’Djamena, which lies on the border with northeastern Nigeria.

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Demoralized Frontline troops were seemingly unable to prevent the takeover and protested over a lack of arms and ammunition to take on the better-armed rebels.

He announced plans to reinforce Maiduguri with a new command and control centre to better coordinate the counter-insurgency effort, a move analysts said signalled his commitment to intensifying the fight.

Ex- national security advisor Sambo Dasuki previous year unveiled a well-received “soft power” counter-insurgency plan that recognised poverty and alienation in the northeast was fuelling the crisis.

‘Our caliph has accepted the pledge of loyalty of our brothers of Boko Haram so we congratulate Muslims and our jihadi brothers in West Africa.’.