- Frontline Nigerian soldiers have said that they were motivated to defeat terrorism in the country
- There was a report that 356 Nigerian soldiers were due to leave service very soon, having reached the statutory retirement age
- The soldiers, according to a source in the Nigerian Army (NA), have served the force for at least 35 years each
- The NA denied claims that the soldiers resigned over a loss of interest and low morale caused by poor leadership in the military
A frontline Nigerian soldiers have said that they are motivated to fight terrorism and all forms of violent crimes in the country.
A frontline senior officer who debunked claims that some soldiers recently resigned due to low morale said: “Our troops are happy and willing to fight. I have soldiers here with me…we fight day and night.”
The Nigerian Army (NA), through an unnamed source on Sunday, July 12, had given clarification as to how 356 soldiers most of whom are from the Northeast left service.
According to the source, the said soldiers have attained the 35-year statutory age for retirement in the NA, The Nation reports.
There were trending reports that the soldiers recently tendered their letters of resignation to Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai over loss of interest and low morale.
However, the source denied such reports, insisting that the disengagement is a yearly routine exercise in which soldiers who have reached the retirement age officially leave serve.
The source further disclosed: “It is an annual routine in the Army to disengage soldiers who have served the statutory 35 years in the Service, after which they proceed for three months pre-retirement training at the Army Resettlement Centre in Lagos state."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that following the confirmation of the country's first case of Coronavirus in Lagos, the Nigerian military was taking steps to prevent soldiers from contracting the disease.
The Defense Headquarters (DHQ) assured that the necessary measures have been put in place to ensure that no military personnel contracts the disease.
The DHQ was confident that the necessary steps have been taken to make sure that barracks and other military communities are not affected by the disease.
The DHQ's spokesperson, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, said on Saturday, February 29 that the Armed Forces medical services are on high alert and are daily monitoring those who report sick in any of the medical facilities.
“Just as we are already doing to prevent the outbreak of Lassa fever in Barracks communities, the Armed Forces of Nigeria has since commenced vigorous sensitization and awareness campaign in military Cantonments and barracks to enlighten personnel and their families on preventive sanitary and hygienic measures to halt the spread of Coronavirus.
“Hands sanitizers are already being installed for use by guests as well as personnel in office complexes,” Nwachukwu said.