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Monday, 13 July 2020

Boko Haram: Army Debunks Reports of Soldiers Loss of Interest

The Nigerian Army has debunked a report making the rounds that it is facing “morale crisis as 356 soldiers exit over loss of interest”. The Army in a post on its official twitter handle also slammed the FAKE NEWS inscription on a news published by an investigative online media titled; “EXCLUSIVE: Boko Haram War: Nigerian Army suspends voluntary retirement of soldiers”.

The report on morale crisis which the Army described as “Mischievous Publication” had claimed; “Three hundred and fifty-six (356) soldiers are formally exiting the Nigerian Army citing “loss of interest,” The investigative news media had also claimed; “The army is currently engaged in various combat operations as insecurity worsens across the country. “Many of the soldiers are among the troops engaged in the decade-long war against Boko Haram in the Northeast, while others are from various other formations across the country.” In the report the Army condemned as “FAKE NEWS”, the largest component of the Nigerian Armed Forces was claimed “has suspended approvals for voluntary retirement requests from soldiers.

According to the publication, “The order did not provide figures that show a spike in recent retirement requests compared with previous times, but it counselled against frivolous voluntary retirement applications that were being allowed to advance through the chain of command when they should have been rejected at the early stages.”

However, debunking the reports, the Nigerian Army described them as; “malicious intent to discredit the efforts of the Nigerian Army”.


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