Nigerian Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has ordered the immediate retirement of soldiers it termed ‘disgruntled’ officers who have been found wanting in unethical behaviours and acts of gross misconduct.
It also directed the leadership of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force, to ‘sack’ their personnel who are no longer motivated to discharge their ‘constitutional duties.’
According to PRNigeria, the DHQ gave 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, General 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.
When contacted, the Director, Defence Information, DDI, Major General Jimmy Akpor, told PRNigeria that the Nigerian Armed Forces depend on and emphasise 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 said.