24 December 2012

Nigeria: Army - Retirement of Officers, a Routine Exercise

Senator Iroegbu

The Nigerian Army has said that the reported retirement of several senior officers of the service; mostly generals, colonels and other middle level officers is a routine exercise that does not require publicity or listing of names.

The retirement came in the wake of the promotion of 150 top officers by the Army Council with some sections of the country questioning why the list of the retired officers was not published in line with that of the promoted officers.

It was however gathered that the army hierarchy had taken the decision not to publish the retirement list in line with the military tradition and more also because of the growing trend of some vested interest groups reading ethno-religious meaning into the Nigerian military policy decisions.

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