The Defence Headquarters, DHQ, has ordered the immediate retirement of ‘disgruntled’ officers and men of the Nigerian Military who have been found wanting in the discharge of their constitutional duties.
The DHQ gave the marching order in a memo dated May 26, 2022, and titled, “Retirement of Disgruntled and Unmotivated Personnel’, sighted by PRNigeria.
The memo also directed the leadership of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force to discharge any personnel who no longer feels motivated to discharge their constitutional duties.
The Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Leo Irabor, in the memo signed by MB Nagenu, a Rear Admiral, on behalf of, lamented that officers and soldiers no longer exhibit a high level of undivided loyalty, and the presence of mind required of military operations.
The CDS said: “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.”
When contacted, the Director, Defence Information, Major General Jimmy Akpor, confirmed the development, stressing that the Nigerian Armed Forces depend 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.