COAS Appointment: DHQ clears air on retirement of Generals

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has dismissed rumours going round social media that there will be a mass retirement of some Generals in the Nigerian Army following the appointment of Maj.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya as Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

We gathered that the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, said this in a statement while briefing newsmen on Thursday, June 3, in Abuja.

Onyeuko said that the retirement of senior officers in the Military was always voluntary, adding that the Miilitary high Command is yet to authorise the retirement of any officer.

His statement reads, “At this point, you are all aware of the appointment of the new Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya”.

“This has stirred up a lot of rumours in the media about mass retirements in the military.”

“I wish to use this medium to dispel such unfounded rumours as retirement is only on a voluntary basis for senior officers who desire to do so.”

“At this point, no retirements has been authorized by the military high command.”


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