Nigerian military to retire ‘disgruntled’ soldiers, officers

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Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor.

Nigerian military to retire ‘disgruntled’ soldiers, officers

Story from Saleh INUWA, Kano

The Nigerian military has ordered the compulsory retirement of all disgruntled or unmotivated personnel in the army, navy and air force.

This was disclosed in a memo by the Defence Headquarters signed by MB Nagenu, a Rear Admiral, on behalf of the Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor.

The memo stated: “The disgruntled and unmotivated officers and soldiers no longer exhibit a high level of undivided loyalty, and the presence of mind required for military operations.

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“In view of the above, deployments of such personnel do not benefit the services; they 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, the memo states”.

Defence spokesperson, Major General Jimmy Akpor, when contacted by the press frowned at what he described as the regrettable leakage of the memo which he said was an internal affair.

He said for the Armed Forces to carry out their constitutional roles efficiently, it depends on and emphasizes loyalty, discipline, integrity and self-sacrifice, among other core values.

“Anything to the contrary portends a negative perception for not only his team but also the entire Armed Forces.

“Such negativities also erode the morale of the fighting troops and the overall efficiency of the Armed Forces”, he said.

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