- Reports are claiming that some army generals may be forced to retire following the appointment of Maj.Gen. Farouk Yahaya as the COAS
- The army boss along with the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, is set to meet with the affected officers on Thursday, June 10
- Yahaya was appointed as the new army chief by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, May 27, after the death of late Lt. Gen Attahiru
FCT, Abuja - A report by ThisDay indicates that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj. Gen. Farouk Yahaya, and the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, are expected to meet 29 army major generals and members of Course 36 of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) pencilled in for retirement.
According to the report, the officers were tipped to leave the force following the appointment of Yahaya as the new army boss.
The affected personnel are expected to meet both the army chief and Irabor, on Thursday, June 10, to iron out the issues after they complained about the sudden and premature retirement confronting them.
In another report by Premium Times, the affected officers have already received directives to proceed on a one-month compulsory leave as the army has commenced the process of retiring 29 generals.
It was gathered that the generals having served 32 years as against the 35 years requirement before exiting the service still have three more years to go.
The newspaper noted that a reliable military source said negotiations are still ongoing on the fate of the Course 36 and 37 officers, however, members of Course 35 have already proceeded on retirement.
Meanwhile, the fate of Course 37 members, who are course mates of the army chief and ordinarily should have four years more to spend in the service remains undecided.
How it all started
It was reported that serving members of Regular Course 35, 36 and 37 in the Army, Air Force and Navy, may be forced out of service with the appointment of Yahaya, as the COAS by President Buhari.
A military source said the senior officers may be asked to turn in their papers for ease of administration or be posted out to head tri-service institutions depending on the discretion of the Military council.
DHQ clarifies rumoured mass retirement
Denying the rumours, Bernard Onyeuko, the acting director, Defence media operations noted that retirement of Army generals is often voluntary and that so far no such directive has been issued or approved.