January 16, 2014 / 11:01 AM / 4 years ago

Nigerian president overhauls military leadership

ABUJA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday replaced the chiefs of defence, army, navy and air force, a presidency statement said, without giving a reason.

Nigeria is struggling to end a four-and-a-half-year-long Islamist insurgency, which has killed thousands of people.

Jonathan is facing a political crisis within his ruling party and mass defections to an increasingly powerful opposition. (Reporting by Joe Brock and Tim Cocks; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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