There was confusion in the security circle on Tuesday following the promotion of Major-General Lamidi Adeosun to the rank of Lieutenant-General, by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The announcement it was gathered, was made public during the weekly Chief-of- Army Staff (COAS), conference with officers which holds every Tuesday at the Army Headquarters in Abuja.
With his new rank, Adeosun and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, are the only two officers wearing the same rank in the Nigerian Army at the moment.
Adeosun was promoted alongside Brigadier-General Biu, to the rank of Major-General. The two officers were also presented with meritorious award at the just-concluded Nigerian Army Day celebrations which held in Lagos, last Saturday.
The rank of Lieutenant-General is the highest rank in the Nigerian Army aside that of General which is only worn by officers appointed as Chiefs of Defence Staff (CDS).
While the promotion of Adeosun is not new to officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army, the story cannot be said to be of other Nigerians, who see Adeosun’s promotion as the new Chief of Army Staff.
A retired officer who prefers to remain anonymous, while describing the promotion as worthy, said it was not a new thing in the Army and that his promotion does not mean the Army now has two chiefs.
The retired officer said: “There cannot and will not be a clash over the promotion of Adeosun to the same rank as the COAS, because there is seniority in the rank.
“Don’t forget that you can have 100 Lieutenant Generals and one is the most senior General and it is not a new thing. “Rather this one is surprising because we have not had it in recent times.