The Nigerian Military is set to ease out about 70 Generals from the Army, Air Force and the Navy who are members of the Course 36 and senior to the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya, the Punch has reported.
According to the report, the Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor mer with the 70 Major Generals, Air Vice Marshals and Rear Admirals on Thursday with a view to tactically easing them out of service.
It would be recalled that there had been rumours of imminent mass retirement in the Army after President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Yahaya, a member of Course 37 as the Army chief above about 29 Major Generals who are his seniors and members of Course 36. The military however denied it.
Irabor, the report says, has asked members of Course 36 to proceed on courses of their choice and to no longer report at their duty posts.
The Thursday meeting, it was gathered, was sequel to a letter marked DH/ABJ/401/38/ADM dated June 4, 2021 and signed by Rear Admiral AB Adamu on behalf of the CDS.
It read in part: “Ref A (NOTAL) under the cover of Ref B (NOTAL) approved the commencement of annual leave in respect of Maj Gen JB Olawunmi (N/8795) and 28 others who are members of 36RC in the NA. The snr offrs (senior officers) were to proceed on the annual leave wef 1-30 June. However, I am directed to invite all serving members of 36 RC in the AFN (Maj Gen and equivalent) to a meeting with the CDS as follows. Thursday, June 10, 21; DHQ Conference Hall; 11.00hrs prompt.”
According to the reports, Irabor, based on approval from the Federal Ministry of Defence, asked all the members of regular course 36 across the three services to proceed on courses of their choice for the next one year.