Some soldiers in all military formations in Nigeria have been fired with immediate effect because they “no longer exhibit a high level of divided loyalty and the presence of mind required of military operations,” according to the military high command.
According to information that we received on June 22 from an online newspaper, the order for the officers’ immediate retirement came from the Defense Headquarters in a memo dated May 26, 2022, and titled: “Retirement of Disgruntled and Unmotivated Personnel.”
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, expressed regret in the memo, signed by Rear Admiral M. B. Nagenu, that some military personnel are resentful or driven by greed for a variety of reasons.
“In light of the aforementioned, such personnel deployments are not only ineffective for the Services but also counterproductive.
As a result, General Irabor advised that instead of deploying disgruntled or unmotivated personnel, services should take action to forcibly discharge or retire such personnel in accordance with current laws.
When contacted, Major General Jimmy Akpor, Director of Defence Information, stated that in order for the Nigerian Armed Forces to effectively fulfil their constitutional roles, they depend on and value among other core values in their soldiers: loyalty, discipline, integrity, and self-sacrifice.
“Anything to the contrary portends a bad impression of his team as well as the entire Armed Forces.
Such negatives also undermine the fighting troops’ morale and the military’s overall effectiveness.
“It is important to remember that the Armed Forces of Nigeria are a well-organized organisation with the necessary departments and branches to handle any problems, whether they are administrative or not.
“Therefore, no personnel would be retired or forced to leave the Service without having gone through rigorous administrative processes and procedures.”