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Shock as 356 Nigerian soldiers tender resignation to Buratai cite loss of interest
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No fewer than 356 soldiers within the North-East and other theatres of operation have applied to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, for voluntary retirement, citing “loss of interest” as their motive for disengagement.
The troopers wrote to the military chief on July 3, 2020, under Reference NA/COAS/001, citing the Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service soldiers/rating/airmen (Revised) 2017.
The authorization of the impromptu disengagement of the 356 soldiers was enclosed in a 17-page circular from Buratai, AHQ DOAA/G1/300/92, endorsed by Brig Gen T.E. Gagariga for the military chief and received by AFP Ourrrespondent on Saturday.
Additionally, the document was duplicated to Headquarters, Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, Borno State, the Headquarters of 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 81, and 82 Divisions of the Nigerian Army and various formations.
Scannews24 gathered that from the listing that almost all of the soldiers making use of for voluntary disengagement and citing lack of interest are from the North-East theatre of operation – a development which army sources referred to lack of morale, poor weapons, unimproved allowances and the continual lack of combatants to Boko Haram raids.
For the reason, that starting of 2020, Boko Haram onslaughts on army places within the North-East have also heightened with massive deaths on the part of troops of the Nigerian Military.
In March, the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, stated that 47 soldiers have been slain by a bomb explosion instigated by Boko Haram in Gorigi close to the Allargano Forest area in Borno State.
In the same month, the military confirmed missing three troopers whereas others have been injured in a Boko Haram assault within the Damboa Local Government Area of Borno.
In May, the insurgents additionally attacked an army settlement belonging to the 156 Battalion within the Mainok area with not less than 10 gun trucks, killing 5 soldiers, while others were injured.
In June, the Boko Haram terrorists grew to become emboldened and shot dead Major Okay. Yakubu, an acting Commanding Officer of the army, during gun combat in the Doron Naira and Magaji areas of Borno State.
Yakubu, who was in control of the 401 Special Forces Brigade, also lost a few of his troops in the terrorist assault.
The 356 troopers who applied for voluntary retirement citing loss of interest are Master Warrant Officers, Warrant Officers, Staff Sergeants, Sergeants, Lance Corporals, Corporals, and Privates.
The full number on the listing of voluntary disengagement is 380; whereas 356 cited lack of interest, 24 cited “to take a traditional title.”
Communicating on behalf of the army chief, Buratai, in the document, Gagariga stated, “In compliance with the provisions of Reference A, the COAS vide Reference B has accredited the voluntary and medical discharge of the above named MWO, and 385 others listed as Annexes A and B.
“The troopers are to proceed on terminal go away December 3, 2020, whereas their disengagement date takes impact from January 3, 2021, in accordance with the Nigerian Military Administrative Coverage and Procedures No 27 Paragraphs Three and 4. Accordingly, I’m directed to request formations and models to launch all affected troopers to report on the Headquarters, Garrison, with their unit service paperwork for documentation.
“All types of military-controlled objects, arms, ammunition, and objects of fight kits are recovered from the troopers previous to their disengagement date and certify that they’re correctly de-kitted. Please acknowledge.”
An army source disclosed that mass disengagement was signifying the general discontentment in the military and against the leaders.
Soldiers lately have also emerged in viral video footage protesting concerning the poor quality of their combating equipment in the North-East and the way the Boko Haram terrorists are able to attack and kill troops as a consequence of alleged insiders’ connivance.SOURCE: Scannews24.com