There are indications that Major General Kenneth T.J. Minimah is on his way to becoming the Chief of Army Staff, following mass retirements affecting his seniors and mates. Minimah, an indigene of Cross River State, is now the General Officer Commanding the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army in Lagos.
A source close to the Military told Daily Trust that the recent retirements of 51 Army officers was a “first step” in a plan to appoint him as Army chief.
More officers who could be potential contenders for the Army chief’s position will be weeded out this year so as to clear the coast for Minimah, the source added.
Minimah is a member of the Regular Cadet Course 25 of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), and was commissioned into the Nigerian Army on December 18, 1981.
He was posted to Lagos as GOC 81 Division in September 2010, and until then he was the Brigade Commander of the 1 Brigade, Sokoto. An infantry officer, he was promoted to the rank of Major General in January 2011.
A source told Daily Trust also that the surprise retention of Lt-General Azubuike Ihejirika as Army chief when his colleagues in the Air Force, Navy as well as the Chief of Defence Staff were replaced last year is a cover for Minimah to mature and eventually get appointed into the COAS job.
“The plan is to allow Ihejirika to stay for one more year or so to enable Minimah rise in rank and also to weed out his seniors and clear the way for him. Every general who is a potential contender for the post of Army chief would have been retired by then,” the source said.Continue reading