New Director General (DG) For NYSC

NYSC announced the new Director General, Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim. He has replaced former Maj. General Suleiman Kazaure.

Before his current appointment, he was the registrar of the Nigeria Army University (NAU), Biu, Borno State.

What We Know About The New DG;

Ibrahim a graduate of the University of Jos. He was born on July 13, 1967. He attended the Nigerian Army Education Corps (NAEC) Young Offcer’s Course in 1994, Infantry (INF) Young Officers Course 1996, and many others.

He consequently, obtained his PhD in History (2007) from the University of Abuja. Where he based his research centered on Economic and Military History as well as Intergroup Relations.

Ibrahim has held several positions in the past including; Research officer, Institute of Army Education (IAE), military assistant to the director general of NYSC 1996-1999.

Also, he has headed the department of History and War Studies at the Nigerian Defence Academy 2014-2018.

However, news report say that the posting of the new DG was made illegally by the Nigerian Army. The acting director of army public relations, from the Nigerian army university, Brigadier, Sagir Musa, said in a statement;

“The Nigerian Army has approved the postings and appointments of some of its senior officers. Those affected include Major general SZ Kazarue who has been replaced b Brigadier General S Ibrahim.”

Checks by reporters reveal the the army does not have the power to appoint a DG for NYSC.

In fact, however, such power is exclusive to the president of the Commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces as provided in the NYSC act.

Furthermore, other checks indicate that neither the 1999 constitution nor the armed forces act which “provides for the command, maintenance and administration of the Armed Forces of the Federation (including the Nigerian Army)” empowers the army to make such sting or provides exception to the NYSC act.

So far, it is the first in its occurrence. Dating back to the past three DG’s who were all appointed by the Presidency.

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