Three hundred and fifty-six (356) soldiers are formally exiting the Nigerian Army citing “loss of interest”, in a report by PREMIUM TIMES.
This development according to insiders say is proof that that the morale of soldiers in the army have dwindled following heavy losses inflicted by Boko Haram.
Many of the soldiers are among the troops engaged in the decade-long battle against Boko Haram in the Northeast, while others are from various other formations across the country.
However, apart from the 356 who are leaving for losing interest in the army, 24 others are exiting because they want “to take traditional title,” making a total of 380 soldiers, including two Master Warrant Officers and 28 Warrant Officers, voluntarily discharging from the army, according to sources with direct knowledge of the development.
Already, the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has, this July, approved the voluntary discharge of all the 380 soldiers who are to proceed on terminal leave on December 20 and disengage on January 3 next year in accordance with Nigerian Army Administrative Policy and Procedure 27 Paragraphs 3 and 4.
“That the reason given by most of them is ‘loss of interest’ is an indication of low morale in the army due to poor leadership,” one army insider said, claiming the army had been “broken, demoralised and polarised more than ever before under Buratai.”
“It is an indication of the rot in the system,”
said another officer who knew about the mass disengagement.
Recall that at various times, commanders and soldiers have appeared in videos complaining about logistical support and equipment available to them to combat the terrorists.
In one highly publicised case, a former commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Olusegun Adeniyi, appeared in a rare video admitting soldiers were outgunned by the terrorists. In that video, March this year, Mr Adeniyi could be seen among disorganised troops decrying losses of men and equipment in a particular encounter with Boko Haram, who were “facing us” from “every flank with not less than15 gun trucks.”
Mr Adeniyi was swiftly removed from his position after the video emerged, with the current commander, Faruq Yahaya, taking over.
So far, the army has not responded to these development.
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