Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Leo Irabor, has ordered 50 Generals in the Nigerian military to tender their resignation with immediate effect.
They cut across the Army, Navy and Airforce around 25 of the senior officers are in the Army.
At a 2pm meeting, the CDS thanked them for their service and told all present that it was high time they left office.
But the Course 36 Generals still have more than three years before their retirement.
According to a source within the army the problem started immediately, Gen Yussuf was appointed army chief.
“You know this problem has been on ground since they appointed the present Chief of Army Staff who is a member of 37 Regular Course
“Again, another interpretation is that the harmonised terms and condition of service states that you can only spend 5 years on the rank of Maj Gen. And this year 36 Regular Course are 5 years on the rank.” Said a source who craves anonymity.
It’s not clear any of the criteria used to disengage the officers.
“They are about 50; 2 of them in the Army will retire in 2022, while the rest have about 3 and half years left in the service”, the source revealed.
Another source wondered why the Armed Forces are eager to ease out scores of capable and experienced hands at a time the country is battling insecurity.