Mass retirement reportedly hits Nigerian Army, over 200 senior officers affected
Posted By: Zico
on February 9, 2019
Mass retirement reportedly hits Nigerian Army, over
200 senior officers affected
Nigerian army allegedly retires over
200 senior officers
Over 200 senior military officers who attended
the Nigerian Military School (NMS) Zaria have
been ordered to proceed on sudden retirement
- The directive is sequel to an order from Lt
General Tukur Buratai that the five years the
affected officers spent as secondary school
students in the military school be added to
their years of military service
- A source says that the directive which affected
the officers is as a result of a new policy of the
There is a reported unease in the Nigerian
Army after over 200 senior officers from
the rank of lieutenant colonels to major
generals were said to have been ordered to
proceed on compulsory retirement.
The Tribune, citing military sources
reported that the order followed a directive
from the chief of army staff, Lt General
Tukur Buratai, to the military secretary of
the army to serve notice of retirement to
officers who went through the Nigerian
Military School (NMS), Zaria (a secondary
school) where they spent five years.
The sources said the army chief directed
that the five years the affected officers
spent as secondary school students in the
military school be added to their years of
Galantmedia.com.ng learned that the army spokesman,
Brigadier General Sani Usman, was also
affected the directive along with over 200
A source told the Tribune on Saturday,
February 9, that the decision which
affected officers that was as a result of a
new policy of the federal government.
The source dismissed suggestions that
policy was targeted at army officers, noting
that other services are expected to comply
with the policy, but were yet to do so.
The affected officers were said to have
received their disengagement letters
effective from February 8, 2019, while their
terminal leave was supposed to be from
that day, but some of them were given
March 8, 2019, to sort things out and then
leave the service.
Inside sources said the government policy
was based on the argument that while the
officers were in the Nigeria Military School
(NMS), they were being paid salary and
that therefore their years of service had
started counting by then.
However, the policy was said to have
caused controversy as there were reports
that most of the affected soldiers did not go
to the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA)
directly from the school as some of them
opted to go to the university to obtain
degrees before joining the army
The decision was also faulted by some of
the ex-boys from NMS, who were later
commissioned as officers on the ground
that that they were given only three to four
days notice before been asked to proceed
on compulsory retirement.
Another source complained that the
affected officers have been asked to go on
mass retirement without completing their
mandatory 35 years or attaining the 60
years age ceiling.
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Some of the affected officers were reported
to have taken their case to the National
Assembly, which summoned the Military
Secretary (Army) F. Yahaya.
Yahaya was said to have told the National
Assembly that there was nothing he could
do about the policy as it was a directive
from the military authorities.
In another news report, the defence
headquarters of the Nigerian Army has
released guidelines for its staff during the
coming general elections.
The military said that it will carry out its
duties during the elections with neutrality
and impartiality throughout the coming
general polls and zero tolerance for
unprofessional conducts from any soldier.
The Nigeria Army said that it will not
tolerate any unprofessional conduct from
soldiers during and after the polls (Photo
credit: Nigerian Army).
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