The military is a very important arm in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. They are respectable people who have respect of hierarchy and are also respectable by civilians. The highest most respected officer is always the Chief of Army Staff. Ranks in military is determined by the number of years service.
Tukur Buratai is Chief of Army Staff of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He has gained a lot of attention from the public especially with the security challenges in the country. He’s at the forefront of the fight against Boko Haram in the country.
However, because Buratai is the Chief of Army Staff, many have mistaken him to be the highest ranking officer in the military. This is not true, the chief of defense staff is the highest ranking officer. The Chief of Defense Staff is General Abayomi Olonisakin and he’s the highest ranking officer. Buratai is a Lieutenant General (3 star) while his boss, Olonisakin is a General (4 star).
General Olonisakin Abayomi Gabriel was born in 1961. He’s from Ekiti state. He attended the Nigeria Defense Academy, he was then commissioned as a Second Leiutenant in 1981. He furthered his time in the Nigeria Defense Academy, he went on to Obafemi Awolowo University to study Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
Olonisakin was decorated as a 4 star General in 2015. He was then later confirmed Chief of Defense Staff. This simply indicates that he oversees the affairs of all military parastatals in the country including Airforce, Navy and the Army.