President Muhammadu Buhari’s new Aide-De-Camp (ADC), Lt. Col Yusuf Muktar Dodo, has officially resumed duties on Monday.
Dodo took over from his predecessor, Colonel Mohammed Lawal Abubakar, who proceeded to a promotional course in Chile for his next rank as Brigadier General.
The new ADC took over after a three-week handing over/learning-the-ropes procedure, guided by his predecessor.
Dodo, who was the Academy Adjutant of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), was appointed ADC in January.
The outgoing ADC, Abubakar, who was accompanied to the brief handing over ceremony by his wife and daughter, was nominated to attend a five months Strategic and Defence Course at Santiago Chile (from 8 March – 30 July 2021).
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 customs and tradition of recognising Officers that served as Aide-De- Camp to the President and concluded tour of duty 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 Armed Forces of Nigeria after late Colonel Walbe who served General Yakubu Gowon for nine years.
The 48 -year-old ADC, who had served in various Army units and formations within and outside Nigeria at different capacities, also recommended his successor by nominating three seasoned and trustworthy Army Officers to President Buhari, and the Commander-in-Chief picked Dodo.