Soldier go, soldier come

Soldier go, soldier come

The popular saying has it that ‘soldier, soldier come, barracks go still remain.’ Apparently, this saying isn’t as popular in the military because according to a report in The National Mirror, there is serious apprehension in the military over imminent mass retirement of certain categories of senior officers. General Buhari, Nigeria’s President-elect, is said to be in favour of massive shake-up in the military as one of his first major actions on assumption of office on May 29.

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Military sources at Defence Headquarters, DHQ, told a correspondent in Abuja, that there is serious worry among senior officers over possible mass premature and compulsory retirements, especially of those who corruptly enriched themselves or seen to have abandoned professionalism for politics.

Another source at the Army Headquarters, AHQ, said the planned mass shake-up was already public knowledge in the military, which has become the subject of daily discussion in the various formations.

The source said although it was expected that the service chiefs would go, the fear was that several other senior officers in the category of major general are also going.


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