The Nigerian government is on course to splurge a whopping N700 million to force 29 Major-Generals and Brigadier-Generals to retirement, according to sources at the Defence Headquarters.
Reports of the forceful retirement immediately started to swirl in the Nigerian media after President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of Major-General Farouk Yahaya as the Chief of Army Staff after the death of Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru in a plane crash on May 21, 2021.
It is a long-standing military tradition that all the major-generals who are senior to Yahaya will be retired.
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Some of the 29 military officers are reportedly being forced out because they are of Course 35 and Course 36 and the new army chief, is of the Course 37 set.
But an exclusive published by SaharaReporters noted that the 29 Generals’ retirement benefits would cost the federal government huge sums if the 2017 Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service of the Officers and men of the Armed Forces are anything to go by.
The report said all 29 Major-Generals “are entitled to a brand new Peugeot 508 car, one cook, two residential guards, one service orderly and one service driver.”
They are also entitled to medical allowances to the tune of $15,000 annually