‘Why army generals may not contest compulsory retirement’
The army generals sent on compulsory retirement, following the recommendation of the panel that investigated their alleged professional misconduct while monitoring election in some states, may accept the verdict, contrary to widespread speculations.
Speculations are rife that their retirement would be challenged in court, but facts available show that they have turned down the advice, satisfied that the decision was in line with service rules and should have attracted stiffer sanctions.
The Guardian gathered that reports in some other media that Brig-Gen. Olajide Laleye, former Army spokesman was indicted in the report because of his involvement in the missing certificate saga, initially informed the advice that he should seek legal redress.
It would be recalled that Laleye, while addressing the press in January 2015 on the whereabouts of the secondary school certificate of the then presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari, said: “It is a practice in the Nigerian Army that before candidates are shortlisted for commissioning into the officers’ cadre of the service, the selection board verifies the original copies of credentials that are presented. Neither the original copy, Certified True Copy (CTC) nor statement of result of Major General M. Buhari’s WASC result is in his personal file.”
Although the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, did not give all the names of the generals indicted in the panel report when The Guardian called him to confirm, he said: “Some people are reading different meanings to the retirement of the generals, based on the realisation that the other general also implicated in the report was alleged to have done something else. But my press conference in January, when the Army panel submitted their report, unequivocally addressed these issues.”
“We are not giving out names, we said two generals, one is already known, but our statement in January was clear that the panel was investigating complaints of misconduct against army personnel in Ekiti, Edo, and Osun states. The panel made its recommendations, which were passed to the Army counsel, which in turn viewed some of the recommendations and approved them,” Usman said.