Boko Haram: 6,700 soldiers quit Nigerian Army in five years – Reports

NEWS DIGEST – A total of 6,752 soldiers have exited the Nigerian Army in the last five years mainly to avoid Boko Haram war, Punch Newspaper reports.

The military outfit also enlisted a total of 25,655 within the period.

These were made known in a report by the House of Representatives Committee on Army, which was laid on February 24, considered and adopted on March 2, 2021.

The Army also said soldiers were quitting the service mainly due to “lack of commitment,” noting that soldiers often resigned when they were to be deployed in the North-East for the war against insurgency.

The committee, in the report, said it had an interactive session with the Nigerian Army on July 23, 2020.

In attendance was the Director, Military Personnel, Army Headquarters, Brig.-Gen. U. T. Musa, who represented the then Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd.).

The report quoted the former Chief of Army Staff as having submitted that discharge from the army is a regular and routine activity

According to him, the case of 365 soldiers who voluntarily resigned from the Army “is one of such.”

Buratai was quoted to have said the idea that the soldiers resigned as a result of general discontentment in the army was false and reportedly maintained that “some mischievous fellows must have laid their hands on the leaked document containing the names of voluntarily discharged soldiers for the second quarter of 2020 and misrepresented it as a case of mass resignation.”

According to the report, the army informed the committee that there were basically two types of discharge from the service, namely voluntary discharge and compulsory discharge.