The appointment of new service chiefs in Nigeria, even though greeted with applause from many quarters, has become a source of anguish for some senior military personnel.
This is because no fewer than 25 Generals in the Nigerian armed
forces were affected by the appointment of their juniors as service
chiefs last week.
The generals have also been given six weeks by President Muhammadu
Buhari to voluntarily retire from the Nigerian Armed Forces, Vanguard
This information was disclosed by the ex-Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen
Kenneth Minimah, while handing over to his successor, Major General
Tukur Buratai at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.
The affected Generals cannot serve under a junior officer and are required to leave the service by army tradition.
Delivering his speech at the handover event, Minimah said some very
senior officers have been given notices of retirement, and urged them to
take their retirement in good faith.
He also joked that while the affected officers were given six weeks’
notice to proceed on retirement, they (sacked service chiefs) got hint
of their retirement via the radio.