Nigerian Army Claims Retirement of 37 Generals and 12 Colonels Followed Due Process
The Nigerian Army Thursday said that the recent retirement of some of its senior officers was carried out according to the full provisions of the newly operational Harmonized Terms and Conditions of Services Officers, 2012 (Revised).
The Army therefore described reports of lopsidedness in the recent retirement of its 51 senior officers were routine and followed laid down rules.
The 51 senior officers included 12 Major Generals, 25 Brigadier Generals and 12 Colonels.
Director Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Bola Koleoso, told journalists in Abuja that reports of forceful retirements being speculated by anonymous text messages and newspaper report (not The Guardian) were false and unfounded.
Koleoso said the retired senior officers were early in the year notified of their retirement (run out date) and most of them voluntarily responded to the notice.
According to the Army spokesman, “subsequently, the Army Council approved their retirement from service having attained the mandatory age ceiling for each rank. Retirement from any noble profession, especially from the army is considered a noble exit which every officer hopes and prays for. To now turn round to give such a milestone exercise a negative flavour is, to say the least, mischievous.”
He said the present leadership would continue to uphold the core values in line with the Chief of Army Staff vision of transforming the army into a force better able to meet contemporary challenges.
Koleoso said the Army is advising anyone aggrieved over the decisions of the Army Council to take advantage of the relevant provisions in the Harmonized Terms and Conditions of Services Officers, 2012 (Revised) to appeal to the President through the Chief of Defence Staff and stop banking on ethnic and religious sentiments to pursue personal ambitions.
He also appealed to Nigerians to bear with troops of the Nigerian Army as they conduct search operations.
Koleoso noted that the search operations have achieved tremendous success.
“This search operations, the road blocks and the check point are not without their delays and I want to use this opportunity to appeal to Nigerians to please bear with us because we are trying our best to make sure that before the undesirable element strike we get at them.”