President Muhammadu Buhari’s new Aide-De-Camp (ADC), Lt. Col Yusuf Muktar Dodo, today officially assumed duties as the erstwhile ADC, Colonel Mohammed Lawal Abubakar, bows out.
Dodo, the Academy Adjutant of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), was appointed by Buhari as his new ADC last month.
Dodo, however, had to understudy his predecessor for almost three weeks before taking over fully.
Abubakar, who appeared for the official handing/taking over process at the Aso Rock Villa accompanied by his wife and daughter, will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General after completing a professional course abroad.
He was nominated to attend the five-month ( March to July 2021) Strategic and Defence Course in Santiago, Chile.
The course is a prerequisite for his next promotion to the rank of Brigadier-General in the last quarter 2021 and posting outside the shores of the country as a Defence Attachee/Adviser in keeping with the military tradition of recognising officers that served as ADC to the President without any blemish.
Abubakar, is the longest serving ADC to a civilian president, having served in that position for almost six years; and the second longest serving ADC in the history of Nigerian military, after late Colonel Walbe, who served General Yakubu Gowon for nine years.
The 48 year-old outgone ADC, who had served in various Army units and formations within and outside Nigeria at different capacities, is said to have recommended his successor by nominating three officers from among who Buhari selected Dodo.