Nigerian military high command has dismissed with immediate effect, some soldiers in all the military formations who it said “no longer exhibit a high level of undivided loyalty, and the presence of mind required of military operations.”
Information reaching us at Greenbareg Reporters online newspaper today, June 22, said that the order for the immediate retirement of the officers, whose number was not mentioned, came from the Defence Headquarters, in a memo dated 26 May 2022, and titled: “Retirement of Disgruntled and Unmotivated Personnel.”
The memo, signed by M. B Nagenu, a Rear Admiral, on behalf of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, lamented that some military personnel are disgruntled or overcome by greed for various reasons.
“In view of the above, deployments of such personnel do not benefit the Services and are, in fact, counter-productive.
“Consequently, on the identification of disgruntled or unmotivated personnel Services are advised to take steps to compulsorily discharge or retire such personnel in line with extant laws, instead of deployment, General Irabor said.
Contacted the Director, Defence Information, Major General Jimmy Akpor, said that the Nigerian Armed Forces depend on and emphasize loyalty, discipline, integrity and self-sacrifice, amongst other core values, in troops, to carry out its constitutional roles efficiently.
“Anything to the contrary portends negative perception for not only his team but also the entire Armed Forces.
“Such negativities also erode the morale of the fighting troops and overall efficiency of the Armed Forces.
“The point must not be lost that the Armed Forces of Nigeria is a well-structured organization with requisite departments and branches to deal with all issues, administrative or otherwise.
“Hence, no personnel would be retired or made to exit Service without rigorous administrative processes and procedures being exhausted.”