Nigerian Army appoints Mohammed Yerima new spokesman

Mohammed Yerima

The Nigerian Army has appointed Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima as its director of public relations.

Yerima replaces Brig.-Gen. Sagir Musa, who has been redeployed to the Nigerian Army Training Centre (NATRAC), Kontagora in Niger State.

Yerima, a one-time acting director defence of information, was until his appointment, the deputy director reserve at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ).

According to the profile released by the Army Headquarters, Yerima is a graduate of Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University.

He enrolled into the Nigerian Army in October 1989 and was commissioned into the Corps of Army Public Relations.

He served in various military formations and units such as aide de camp to the commander, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) between 1990 and 1993.

Yerima was public relations officer for the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), office of chief of army staff 1994; spokesperson, 81 Division from 1995 to 1996 and spokesman, Nigerian Defence Academy 1996 to 2000.

He was also military spokesperson for the United Nations Mission in Siera Leone, 2000 to 2002; PRO to chief of army staff, 2003 and PRO to chief of defence staff, 2005.

The new army spokesperson was also Deputy DPR 1 Division Nigerian Army, 2008 as well as chief of staff and coordinator at Directorate of Army Public Relations, 2007 to 2009.

He served as director of defence information between 2009 and 2013; was also deputy director, production at TRADOC from 2013 to 2017 as well as deputy director reserve, Defence Headquarters before his current appointment.

Yarima is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) as well as the African Public Relations Association (APRA) and a fellow of the West Africa Society for Administration and Communication.