Major General Abba Dikko has assumed office as commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, the Army operation against Boko Haram.
This followed a major shake-up by the Nigerian Army.
Dikko took over from Major General Rogers Nicholas in a brief ceremony on Tuesday at the Operation Lafiya Dole Headquarters in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Nicholas, who proceeds to Nigerian Army Resource Centre, in his valedictory speech, expressed confidence that his successor would do a good job.
Col Onyema Nwachukwu, spokesman of Operation Lafiya Dole, quoted him as thanking the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai for the opportunity to serve the nation as Theatre Commander of the Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency operations against the Boko Haram terrorists in North Eastern Nigeria.
Nicholas also thanked troops, other security agencies, Governor Kashim Shettima, members of his cabinet, the people of Borno state and the media.
Speaking, Dikko hailed Nicholas for his efforts and achievements while in charge of the command.
He appealed to all stakeholders to strengthen the bond of relationship among them to further enhance the fight against terrorism and insurgency in the north east.
General Dikko revealed that he is wearing a double cap as the Theatre Commander as well as Commander Operation Last Hold.
The ceremony was attended by General Officer Commanding 8 Division, Major General SO Olabanji; General Officer Commanding 7 Division Brig Gen AB Biu; Maritime Component Commander Commodore A Hassan; Air Task Force Commander Air Cdre JMD Gwani, principal staff officers of Headquarters, Theatre Command and 7 Division.