365 soldiers, reported to have resigned for low morale, did not but rather attained the 35- year statutory age for retirement in the Service, the Nigerian Army.
A report monitored on The Nation newspaper by Naija News, quoted an anonymous military source, to have said that the affected soldiers were officially notified via an internal memo, which he said was picked up by unauthorised persons and reported in the media.
The statement of the military source, who didn’t want to be mentioned because the Nigerian Army has chosen not to officially respond to the report, is coming after some online and conventional newspapers reported that 365 soldiers left the Service for low morale occasioned by poor leadership and motivation.
The disengagement is an annual routine exercise where soldiers and officers who have attained the statutory years of retirement are eased out from the Service and replaced, the military source.
According to the source, the 365 soldiers will proceed to the Army Resettlement centre for a.three-month pre-retirement training where they will acquire vocational skills that will equip them for post- service life.
The military source said: “It is an annual routine in the Army to disengage soldiers who have served the statutory 35 years in the Service, after which they proceed for three months pre-retirement training at the Army Resettlement Centre in Lagos State.
“So an internal memo was written to the affected soldiers and a mischievous journalist picked it and wrote that 365 soldiers are leaving the Service over low morale.
This is unfortunate.When has it become a crime to retire after statutory years of service in the Military or any other sector?”