Following complaints by soldiers fighting Boko Haram in Sambisa over ill-treatment, the Nigerian Army has warned soldiers who are not satisfied to voluntarily resign from the Force just as they also warned social media users to always verify information before posting allegations bordering on payment of troops’ operations allowances.
The warning which came in a statement released on Saturday, February 18, and signed by the Director army public relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman reads in part:
The attention of the Nigerian army has been drawn to a campaign of calumny on social media platforms by some individuals or group of persons. The faceless persons have been making spurious and unfounded allegations bordering on payment of troops operations allowances, rotation in the North East and comparing troops’ pay to what obtains in neighbouring countries.
The fabricators are most probably being sponsored by the categories of people that frustrated themselves out of the Army and political self-defeatists. They are clearly sentimental and lack knowledge of the Nigerian army of today.
However, investigation is ongoing to determine the full identity and source of this mischief and all those found connected with it will be dealt with in accordance with the extant provisions of the military justice system.
We wish to reiterate that the Nigerian army is a voluntary Service. We are not running a conscript Army, all those not satisfied are at liberty to apply for voluntary retirement or discharge as the case may be. We cannot afford to have disloyal or disgruntled elements in the system. Anybody caught to be involved in this ignominious campaign would have himself or herself to blame.
The Nigerian army of today cannot be compared with that of any other period. So much has been done in the areas of operations, training, general administration, logistics and general welfare of troops and their families. The families of our fallen colleagues are being given adequate attention commensurate with the established terms and conditions of service.