The Nigerian Army on Tuesday, February 9, issued a statement with respect to the re-absorption of the 250 soldiers that were dismissed last week for failing to join their colleagues posted to the north east.
The statement which was issued by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sani Usman stated that the soldiers were dismissed over gross acts of indiscipline, cowardice, and absence without leave.
The statement read: “The attention of the Nigerian Army has also been drawn to a set of 250 protesting dismissed soldiers in Nigerian Union of journalists (NUJ) Secretariat, Kaduna, pleading through the media to be reabsorbed back again into the Nigerian Army.”
“They were part of the 2,023 dismissed soldiers last year that were earlier reinstated back into the Service by the present Chief of Army Staff. However these set of soldiers (the 250) absconded for more than one week when they were told that they were to move to North East on the 6th of January 2016.
“They started coming back when they realised that others were moved to units other than the theatre of operations in the North East. Please note that all efforts were made to make all the reinstated soldiers comfortable and integrate them back into the system.
“The protesting soldiers are the few who are recalcitrant to military duties and discipline.
They are simply not interested in army job but want to earn salary. No one should listen to them as they are not patriotic at all.”
“Efforts have been made to retrain them, integrate and give them sense of belonging.
However the attitude of some of them has left so much to be desired and would not be tolerated anymore hence their dismissal from Service.”
Delegates of the 250 soldiers from the Nigerian Army School of Infantry located in Jaji, Kaduna State yesterday visited the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) council in Kaduna to protest their alleged dismissal from the army.
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The soldiers, described their dismissal on February 1, 2016 as unlawful, and appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the army authorities to come to their rescue saying, “we have families to cater for.”