Nigerian Army Suspends Voluntary Retirement Of Soldiers. Meaning, You Can No Longer Resign From The Nigerian Army.
▪️In an internal memo, the Nigerian Army has suspended approvals for voluntary retirement requests from soldiers, saying the rate at which applications to quit service was flooding its headquarters lately was “disheartening”.
▪️The directive, which military sources told PREMIUM TIMES went out late March, said all forms 9B (military retirement application document) have been suspended and would no longer be made available to soldiers willing to voluntarily discharge from service.
“Our men are giving up on the war for many reasons that are not limited to poor equipment supplies and the lack of empathy they keep seeing from their top commanders,” a military source who had seen the memo told PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday.
“The soldiers have been asked over and again to remain in service for the defence of their fatherland, but their hope has been waning.”
“Many of them have been trapped in the northeast for years and they just want to return to their families and look for another career path away from the military,” the officers said under strict anonymity to avoid being sanctioned for speaking to reporters about internal military decisions…
▪️Already, some troops have protested the decision to block them from seeking voluntary retirement and petitioned the Army Headquarters.
“A soldier who voluntarily joined the service without any duress is now being compelled to remain in the service even against his wish,” according to an open letter to Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai that has been circulating on WhatsApp groups of military personnel. “With all due respect sir, this is unacceptable.”
Source : Premium Times.