In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 11th, July, 2020

Revealed! Nigerian Military Hit With Morale Disaster As 356 Troopers Exit Over ‘Loss Of Curiosity’

Revealed! Nigerian Army Hit With Morale Crisis As 356 Soldiers Exit Over 'Loss Of Interest'

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300 and fifty-six (356) troopers are formally exiting the Nigerian Military citing “lack of curiosity”, PREMIUM TIMES can report, in a improvement insiders say is indicative of damaged morale within the military.

The military is presently engaged in numerous fight operations as insecurity worsens throughout the nation.

Lots of the troopers are among the many troops engaged within the decade-long conflict in opposition to Boko Haram within the Northeast, whereas others are from numerous different formations throughout the nation.

However aside from the 356 who’re leaving for shedding curiosity within the military, 24 others are exiting as a result of they need “to take conventional title,” making a complete of 380 troopers, together with two Grasp Warrant Officers and 28 Warrant Officers, voluntarily discharging from the military, in line with sources with direct information of the event.

Already, the Chief of Military Employees, Tukur Buratai, has, this July, permitted the voluntary discharge of all of the 380 troopers who’re to proceed on terminal go away on December 20 and disengage on January three subsequent 12 months in accordance with Nigerian Military Administrative Coverage and Process 27 Paragraphs three and four, our sources confirmed.

“That the rationale given by most of them is ‘lack of curiosity’ is a sign of low morale within the military attributable to poor management,” one military insider mentioned, claiming the military had been “damaged, demoralised and polarised greater than ever earlier than below Buratai.”

“It is a sign of the rot within the system,” mentioned one other officer who knew in regards to the mass disengagement.

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Greater than these enduring the lengthy official course of to exit the military, many troopers have abandoned the military particularly from among the many troops combating Boko Haram within the Northeast, sources within the frontline mentioned.

At numerous instances, commanders and troopers have appeared in movies complaining about logistical help and gear out there to them to fight the terrorists in a conflict that has in ten years precipitated a humongous humanitarian catastrophe within the Lake Chad area, displacing thousands and thousands of individuals and killing hundreds.

In a single case, a former commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Olusegun Adeniyi, appeared in a uncommon video admitting troopers had been outgunned by the terrorists. In that video, March this 12 months, Mr Adeniyi could possibly be seen amongst disorganised troops decrying losses of males and gear in a selected encounter with Boko Haram, who had been “going through us” from “each flank with not lower than15 gun vehicles.”

Mr Adeniyi was swiftly faraway from his place after the video emerged, with the present commander, Faruq Yahaya, taking on.

On Tuesday, troops of 25 Brigade on patrol had been ambushed by terrorists on Damboa-Maiduguri Street. Within the ensuing combat, 37 troopers had been killed in motion and “about 60” unaccounted for, in line with safety sources briefed following the losses, which additionally included 9 gun vehicles.


“Tempers had been rising amongst the troops of 25 Process Drive Brigade,”
a supply within the frontline mentioned after the assault on Tuesday, earlier than “the efforts to calm the state of affairs.”

Nevertheless, the army formally advised the general public solely two troopers died, whereas 17 terrorists had been killed.

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“That official press launch is a complete deceive preempt the press,” one military supply mentioned.

The supply mentioned the misrepresentation to keep away from having to reply questions on the usage of heavy funds and in addition to forestall renewed requires the elimination of the service chiefs.

Other than the Northeastern anti-terrorism operations, the military, alongside the airforce, is combatting the spiralling armed violence from rural banditry and farmer-herdsmen battle within the Northwest and Northcentral. In these areas, the exacerbating insecurity seems to have gone past the constabulary capacities of the police.

Even within the Southeast, the military has been concerned in federal efforts to cease the secessionist threats; and within the Niger Delta, it helps in defending oil and fuel infrastructure.

In the meantime, aside from the 380 troopers voluntary exiting the military, largely for shedding curiosity, six others are being discharged primarily based on the advice of the armed pressure’s medical board.

Thus, a complete of 386 troopers are disengaging – and 356 amongst them have opted out over “lack of curiosity” amid morale disaster within the service.

Models and formations have been directed to recuperate all army gadgets from the affected troopers, who’re to report back to the military headquarters for documentation by October 20 and full varieties to make withdrawals from numerous contributory schemes.

Many extra have abandoned with none official course of, in line with our sources.


“They simply deserted their weapons and uniforms and ran away,”
one supply mentioned.

The spokesperson for the military, Musa Sagir, denied declare of low morale within the military. “The Nigerian Military is in very excessive morale,” he mentioned.

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He added that the military is “very properly” prosecuting all of the operations it’s concerned in whether or not “the insurgency within the Northeast and banditry within the Northwest.”

He mentioned there was no mass disengagement taking place within the military. However PREMIUM TIMES reviewed paperwork and spoke with sources, contradicting Mr Sagir’s place.

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Supply: PREMIUM TIMES

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