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Mass retirement reportedly hits Nigerian Army, over 200 senior officers affected

Posted By:  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
    federal government
    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
    military service.
    Galantmedia.com.ng learned that the army spokesman,
    Brigadier General Sani Usman, was also
    affected the directive along with over 200
    officers.
    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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