President Bola Tinubu Implements Sweeping Changes in National Security Leadership, Dismissing Current Service Chiefs

…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media. In a surprising turn of events on Monday night, President Bola Tinubu made a decisive decision to remove all current service chiefs from their positions.


This unexpected move is part of his larger agenda to reshape the national security leadership.

Nuhu Ribadu: Promoted to National Security Adviser

As part of these new appointments, Nuhu Ribadu has been elevated from his role as the Special Adviser on Security Matters to the esteemed position of National Security Adviser (NSA).

This promotion thrusts him into the forefront of the country’s security strategy and policymaking, where he will play a crucial role.

Usman Baba Replaced by Kayode Egbetokun as Inspector-General of Police

President Tinubu also enacted a significant change by replacing Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, with Deputy Inspector-General Kayode Egbetokun.

However, Egbetokun will serve in an acting capacity temporarily until a permanent replacement is announced.

Introduction of Maj-Gen CG Musa as Chief of Defence Staff

In line with the reshuffling, President Tinubu appointed Maj-Gen CG Musa as the new Chief of Defence Staff.


This key appointment raises curiosity about Maj-Gen CG Musa’s background and experience.

Insights into Maj-Gen CG Musa: Five Important Facts

1. Sokoto State Native: Maj-Gen Christopher Gwabin Musa was born in Sokoto State, Northwest Nigeria on December 25, 1967.

2. Education Journey: Despite being originally from Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Musa completed his primary and secondary education in the caliphate state.

3. Rigorous Military Training: In 1986, he was admitted to the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna State, where he underwent intense and rigorous military training for five years.

Notably, this period coincided with the Nigerian military’s political influence in the country.

4. Commissioned in Infantry Corps: In September 1991, Musa was commissioned into the Nigerian Army as a second lieutenant in the Infantry Corps, known for its demanding nature within the army.

5. Commanding Roles: Maj-Gen CG Musa’s recent career highlights include serving as the Commander of Joint Task Force (North East), Operation Hadin Kai in 2021.

Additionally, he assumed leadership of the Nigerian Army Infantry Corps in Kaduna state in January 2023 at the Headquarters, Infantry Corps Centre Jaji Military Cantonment.



President Bola Tinubu’s recent actions have brought significant changes to Nigeria’s national security leadership.

The dismissal of current service chiefs, the promotion of Nuhu Ribadu as National Security Adviser, the appointment of Kayode Egbetokun as acting Inspector-General of Police, and the introduction of Maj-Gen CG Musa as the Chief of Defence Staff reflect President Tinubu’s commitment to reshaping the country’s security landscape.

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