General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), has directed that 50 generals in the Nigerian military resign immediately.
They are spread across the Air Force, Army, and Navy, with the Army accounting for approximately 25 of the senior officers.
According to reports monitored by ireportnews on DAILY POST, Irabor issued the directive on Monday at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.
At a 2 p.m. meeting, the CDS thanked them for their service and informed everyone present that it was past time for them to leave.
However, the Course 36 Generals have more than three years until retirement.
“There are about 50 of them; two of them in the Army will retire in 2022, and the rest have about three and a half years left in service,” the source said.
Another source questioned why the Armed Forces are eager to release scores of capable and experienced soldiers at a time when the country is dealing with insecurity.
Irabor, a retired Major General, recently intervened in the 2016 forced retirement of 38 Army officers via a letter (Ref. No. CDS/8/A) to Defence Minister Bashir Magashi.
They were asked to leave in June 2016, an action that affected individuals, security officers, experts, and Nigerians saw as arbitrary.
The military and the federal government have yet to comply with existing court orders directing the officers’ reabsorption. The Army’s decision was overturned by Justice Rukiya Hasstrup of the National Industrial Court in Abuja.