The soldiers who were recently reinstated by the Federal Government are part of about 2,500 soldiers and 102 officers dismissed from service over alleged offenses committed during counter insurgency operations in North-East Nigeria. Some of the soldiers have embarked on hunger strike to protest the army’s refusal to post them five months after re-engagement, while some have been reportedly posted to the North-East. Responding to allegations of mistreatment, army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman on Friday said the allegations by the reinstated soldiers are not true.
According to Usman, “However, it is should be noted that the Nigerian Army has been tolerant and patient with their acts of indiscipline and unprofessional conducts. This was based on the understanding of their circumstances and conditions. Efforts have been made to retrain them, integrate and give them sense of belonging. But the attitude of some of them has left so much to be desired and would not be tolerated anymore. The Nigerian Army thrives on discipline, loyalty and good conduct and if anyone of them could not measure up to expectation or live by those tenets, he should leave.”