*DHQ orders immediate retirement of “disgruntled” officers, men of Nigeria military
*Directs leadership of Army, Navy, Air Force to “sack” personnel no longer motivated
*Says such personnel are no longer in presence of mind required of military operations
*That deployments of such personnel is counter-productive, not benefit the service
By Our Correspondent with agency report
Defence Headquarters is said to have ordered the immediate retirement of some men and officers of the Nigerian Army who were said to have been found wanting in ethical behaviours and acts of gross misconduct.
According to reports in an online media yesterday, leadership of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Airport have been directed to “sack” their personnel who are no longer motivated to discharge their “constitutional” duties.
The Defence Headquarters was reported to have given the marching order in a memo dated May 26, 2022 titled; “Retirement of Disgruntled and Unmotivated Personnel.”
According to the memo, signed by MB Nagenu, a Rear Admiral, on behalf of the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Gen. Leo Irabor, the disgruntled and unmotivated officers and soldiers no longer exhibit a high level of undivided loyalty, and the presence of mind required of military operations.
The CDS, while lamenting 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, Gen. Irabor said.
The online media, PRNigeria said that when contacted, the Director, Defence Information, DDI, Major General Jimmy Akpor explained that the Nigerian Armed Forces depend on and emphasizes 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,” he was quoted to have said.