Since the appointment of Major General Farouk Yahaya as the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) last month after the death of his predecessor Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru in an aircraft crash alongside other military officers, murmuring of disquiet has been growing across the military institutions over the fear that 29 major generals would be facing sudden retirement.
If what the government is saying about it is anything to go by, it seems that these generals would not be retiring anytime soon- – at least for now.
According to the military authority, these 29 generals would, first of all, commence a one- month leave after which they would go for a one- year course in any institutions of their choice. After the conclusion of their courses, new roles would be created for them at the defence headquarters and would be headed by the Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor, a full four- star general.
Traditionally, in the military, the moment an officer is appointed to head the military institution all of his superiors would be summarily retired.
In the case of the appointment of Yahaya who is of Regular Course 37, all the generals in Regular Course 35 and 36 stared sudden retirement in the face which led to concerned citizens to call on the government to reconsider the decision of easing out two generations of generals out of the military.
The appeal to the government to rescind his decision on retiring the generals might not be unconnected with the number of resources the nation might have invested in them.
Also, the services of these generals would be needed the most in a period like this the country is experiencing high insecurity.
It is heartwarming seeing that the Nigerian government has a special plan for these generals which would go a long way to motivate other officers to put in their best while carrying out their duties in safeguarding the territorial integrity of the country.