Nigerian President, Muhammad Buhari has replaced the country’s top military commanders after months of pressure over his response worsening security situation in the country.

In a tweet, Buhari revealed that he has appointed Leo Irabor as the Chief of Defence Staff which oversees the main military branches.

According to the office of the presidency, I Attahiru, A Z Gambo and I Omao would command the army, navy and air force respectively.

However, Buhari thanked the retired commanders for their service.

“I have accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service. I thank them all for their overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to Nigeria, and wish them well in their future endeavours,” tweeted Buhari.

Since 2009, atleast 36,000 people have been killedin armed conflicts in Nigeria and violenve has spread into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon.