356 Nigerian Soldiers resign, cite loss of interest
At least 356 soldiers fighting the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s North-East have written the country’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, seeking voluntary retirement over “loss of interest”.
The soldiers in a letter with reference number NA/COAS/001, quoting the Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service soldiers/rating/airmen (Revised) 2017, asked for approval to leave the Nigerian Army due to low morale.
Some soldiers said this is further aggravated by poor welfare for them and their families by the army.
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Meanwhile, Buratai has approved the disengagement of the 356 soldiers in a 17-page circular with reference number AHQ DOAA/G1/300/92.
“In compliance with the provisions of Reference A,
the COAS vide Reference B has approved the voluntary
and medical discharge of the above-named MWO, and 385 others listed as Annexes A and B.
“The soldiers are to proceed on terminal leave December 3, 2020,
while their disengagement date takes effect from January 3, 2021, under the Nigerian Army Administrative Policy and Procedures No 27 Paragraphs 3 and 4.
Accordingly, I am directed to request formations and units to release all affected soldiers
to report at the Headquarters, Garrison, with their unit service documents for documentation.
“All forms of military-controlled items, arms, ammunition, and items of combat kits
are recovered from the soldiers prior to their disengagement date
and certify that they are properly de-kitted. Please acknowledge.”
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