Major General Chris Olukolade has been removed as the Director of Defense Information by the Chief of Army Staff Major General Tukur Buratai. It was also announced by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations Colonel SK Usman that he will be replaced by Colonel Rabe Abubakar.
President Buhari announced during his inaugural speech at Eagle Square in Abuja that there would be major changes to Nigeria’s military, including relocating the Command Center to Borno State. President Buhari also announced top military appointments two weeks ago “because of the merit of their records.” The President made a point to say he did not know any of these appointees, but he chose them on the basis of character and service.
Major General Olukolade has made headlines in recent months for publishing books on the Nigerian military as well as for attacking the military spokesman from Niger on Twitter.
General Olukalade was at one time Commander of the Nigerian Army Information School, Bonny Camp in Lagos. He became the Army spokesman in March 2013.