Reps direct committee to investigate mass resignation of 356 soldiers

Reps direct committee to investigate mass resignation of 356 soldiers

- The House of Representatives has revisited the issue of voluntary resignation of 356 soldiers

- Lawmakers directed the House's committee on the Nigerian Army to look into the issue and return with reports in one week

- The motion was adopted by the chief whip Honourable Mohammed Monguno

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The claim of voluntary resignation of 356 soldiers from the Nigerian Army which sparked a lot of heated reactions recently has been looked into by the House of Representatives.

The motion to revisit the issue by lawmakers of the lower chamber was adopted by the chief whip Honourable Mohammed Monguno, on Tuesday, July 14, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Monguno said that a lance corporal, Martin Idakpeni, in a video on social media decried the attitude of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, towards the attacks and killings of innocent Nigerians and soldiers.

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The lawmaker added that Idakpeni expressed displeasure over the alleged hardship soldiers go through even during operations, which according to him, have forced some juniors in the force to attack and threaten their superiors.

Reps direct committee to investigate mass resignation of 365 soldiers
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila
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He said military officers continue to leave service due to harsh working condition and without provision of job security for them, their influx back into the society can lead to more security threats than Nigeria already has.

In his reaction to the submission, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila directed the House's committee on army to investigate the claims and return with a report on the issue in not more than one week.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that frontline Nigerian soldiers had said that they were motivated to fight terrorism and all forms of violent crimes in the country.

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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 were from the northeast left service.

According to the source, the said soldiers had attained the 35-year statutory age for retirement in the NA.

There were trending reports that the soldiers recently tendered their letters of resignation to Buratai over loss of interest and low morale.

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