By Adeniyi Onaara
The Nigerian Army has underlined that neither corruption nor unfavorable working circumstances contributed to the voluntary retirement of its members.
The disengagement of a warrant officer and 242 more personnel from various formations across the nation had just been authorized by the Army.
The army clarified the situation behind the soldiers’ discharge in a statement on Saturday, claiming that voluntary retirement was common practice in the army and wasn’t related to low morale or corruption.
Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the director of army public relations, issued the statement with the heading “Voluntary Retirement Or Discharge Is A Routine In The Nigerian Army.”
According to a portion of the statement, “The allegation that soldiers in the Nigerian Army are leaving their jobs voluntarily due to alleged corruption, poor working conditions, and low morale as recently reported by some media outlets in the social media is nothing but a concoction of the imagination of the unrepentant enemies of the nation and mischief makers and should be outright discounted by the public.
The biased and immoral report is a diversion and a further failed attempt to lower the spirit and fighting spirit of the NA’s devoted, devoted, and patriotic fighting force.
Perhaps these impudent troublemakers need to be educated to realize that the NA is not a conscript Army and that recruitment is voluntary with current policies on retirement and dismissal of troops and officers, respectively, like other organizations.
When they see fit and satisfy the requirements set forth in the Harmonized Terms and Conditions of Service for Soldiers, Ratings, and Airmen (Revised) 2017, this gives its people the option to seek for voluntary discharge.
A worker has the unalienable right to ask for release voluntarily or for medical reasons if the conditions are met. That the COAS authorized 91 NA/32/4792 WO NDAGANA ISHIAKU and 242 others to voluntarily leave the NA is therefore not an anomaly.