On Tuesday, President Muhmmadu Buhari appointed Rear Admiral A. Z. Gambo as the new CNS.
Others were Major-General Leo Irabor – Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru – Chief of Army Staff; Air-Vice Marshal I. O. Amao – Chief of Air Staff.
Apart from Ibas, others finally retired were Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
In a viral video, scores of Naval personnel were in celebration mood as they screamed, jumped and hugged each.
It was gathered that officers and men of the Armed Forces across the country received news of the ex-military heads’ departure with joy.
Citing insecurity, most Nigerians, including stalwarts of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), repeatedly urged Buhari to remove the Service Chiefs.
The Nigerian leader appointed the quartet in July 2015.
In December, a former Senator, Rufai Hanga, said Buhari refused to let them go because he was afraid of a coup.
Just look at the Jubilation because the Chief of Naval Staff was sacked…Damn! The rejoicing when Buhari's tenure comes to an end will be like carnival celebration. pic.twitter.com/aNpbQjkLLD
— God Save Nigeria 🇳🇬 (@gentleojay) January 26, 2021