Nigeria is replacing the military commander of the fight against Boko Haram after just half a year in charge.
An army spokesman confirmed the development on Wednesday following a string of insurgency attacks despite years of official claims that the group has almost been defeated.
The replacement of the commander is part of a shake-up which underscores the fragility of the security situation in Nigeria’s northeast, where the conflict with the Islamist insurgent group is now in its ninth year, despite assertions by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration that it is on its last legs.
A military spokesman confirmed the replacement of Ibrahim Attahiru, theatre commander of the operation against Boko Haram, in a text message to Reuters.
Major General Rogers Nicholas will take his position. The spokesman did not provide further details.
Attahiru’s removal comes in the wake of a series of “embarrassing” attacks, two military sources told Reuters. They said the conduct of the war against the insurgents is now being reviewed.