..says disquiet in NA, planned protest, blackmail
Described as a mischievous report peddled by some online media, the Nigerian army Wednesday dismissed report alleging that serving officers and soldiers are planning to storm Abuja, to protest over unpaid emoluments, poor working conditions and other unsubstantiated allegations.
The army said the report was a blackmail and phantom.
Debunking the said report, the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General
Onyema Nwachukwu noted in a statement
“Judging by the unprofessional and irresponsible manner in which the release was made, citing faceless persons, it could have been ignored”. But considering the weighty nature of the claims the decided to make some clarification for the sake of well meaning Nigerians.
The army said “It is on record that officers and soldiers of the NA under the leadership of Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, like never before, have witnessed exceptional positive changes in the moral and physical components of the force. It is therefore crucial to state in very clear terms, that the NA has never had it so good, given the quantum of combat and logistics equipment that have been injected into the theatres of operations, a circumstance that has evidently turned the tide against the complex array of threats facing the nation.
“This is in addition to welfare packages introduced by the current leadership of the NA. More also, aside prompt payment of salaries and operational allowances, welfare flights have been inaugurated, which significantly reduced the burden of troops travelling in and out of the theatres to see their loved ones.
“This is also in addition to huge commitment on the medical needs of wounded-in-action officers and soldiers and the barracks communities. Scholarships are also being awarded to children of officers and soldiers killed in action in the ongoing operations”.
The army also reiterated that
that the NA under the current leadership has remained resolute in carrying out its constitutional role and will vigorously continue to implement welfare programs for the benefit of all personnel.
“Troops deployed in ongoing operational engagements are putting in their best for the nation and should be encouraged, rather than plotting disaffection amongst them.
“All personnel are urged to remain steadfast and unswayed by the antics of unpatriotic elements, who for selfish gains want to plunge the nation into chaos”.
It said further “is worthy of note, that across all NA Barracks there are deliberate efforts at providing conducive working and living conditions for troops and their families”.