The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, OYC, has on Tuesday, warned President Muhammadu Buhari not to think of retiring the highest Igbo ranking Officer in the Nigerian Army, in his bid to appoint a new Chief of Army Staff, COAS, any moment from now, .
gathered that Major-General Ben Ahanotu, from Anambra State, is the second in Command to the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru.
He is currently the Chief of Policy and Plan of the Nigerian Army.
Ahanotu, a member of Regular Course 35, was the Commander of the Military Operation that captured the Founder of boko haram, Mohammed Yusuf, and his followers, at their hideout in Maiduguri, in 2009.
In a statement by the OYC President-General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, he said that the Ndigbo have suffered enough injustice in the hand of the President Buhari Federal Government.
His words: “There are even emerging claims that Gen. Ahanotu is not presently Acting as the Chief of Army Staff, despite the fact that he is the highest ranking Army Officer.
“If this is true, it should not be, and it would send more danger signals to the already agitated youths of the South-East. Buhari should for once unite this country.
“We cannot understand a situation where no Igbo man sits in the Security Council meeting, it does not augur well for the country.
“We want it to be on record, and for the whole world to know about the continuous marginalisation of Ndigbo in Nigeria.”