At least 87 soldiers deployed in southern Nigeria to exercise operation crocodile smile have written the country’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Yusuf Buratai, seeking voluntary retirement over “loss of interest” to carry on mission in Southern region of the country.
The soldiers in a letter with reference number NA/COAS/011, quoting the Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service soldiers/rating/airmen (Revised) 2017, asked for approval to leave the Nigeria Army due to low morale and inability to participate in the Nigerian military force.
According to the reporter, it was gathered that they had extensively back down insisting that they cannot participate further in the Nigerian military force due to the lack of incompetence and internal unity in the Nigerian military service.
Some soldiers said that the Nigerian army is divided more than ever before, meanwhile claiming that the military service is lacking the form of unity and is compromised and set up to be against the people’s will.
Meanwhile, General tukur Yusuf Buratai has approved the disengagement of the 87 soldiers in a 12-page circular with reference number AHQ DOAA/G1/302/91.
He said, “In compliance with the provisions of Reference A, the COAS vide Reference B has approved the voluntary and medical discharge of the above named MWO, and 87 others listed as Annexes B.
“The soldiers are to proceed on terminal leave February 16, 2021, while their disengagement date takes effect from March 16, 2021, in accordance with the Nigerian Army Administrative Policy and Procedures No 27 Paragraphs 3 and 4. Accordingly, I am directed to request formations and units to release all affected soldiers to report at the Headquarters, Garrison, with their unit service documents for documentation.
“All forms of military-controlled items, arms, ammunition, and items of combat kits are recovered from the soldiers prior to their disengagement date and certify that they are properly de-kitted. Please acknowledge.”