After the appointment of Major Farouk Yahaya as chief of Army staff by president Mohammadu Buhari ten days after the exit of his predecessor, who died in an ill-fated aircraft that killed about seven officers and other members of the armed forces, urban Express-News Reports that there may be automatic retirement of major generals, Air vice Marshal and Rear Admirals who are members of the Regular 36 course and Senior to the new chief of Army staff given the tradition in the military.
Confirming the report, urban Express-News got wind of plan Exit of about 70 generals as it gathered a meeting is expected to be convened with a view to tactically ease out no fewer than 70 major generals, AVMs and Rear Admirals out of the service, urban Express-News can confirm
President Mohammadu Buhari had skipped 29 major generals and appointed Yahaya who is a member of Regular Course 37, a move which has been generating controversy in the last two weeks.
Irabor subsequently asked members of Course 36 to proceed on courses of their choice and to no longer report at their duty posts.
The Thursday meeting was sequel to a letter marked DH/ABJ/401/38/ADM dated June 4, 2021, which was marked ‘restricted’ but was obtained by our correspondent.
The letter was signed by Rear Admiral AB Adamu on behalf of the CDS.
It read in part, “Ref A (NOTAL) under the cover of Ref B (NOTAL) approved the commencement of annual leave in respect of Maj Gen JB Olawunmi (N/8795) and 28 others who are members of 36RC in the NA. The snr offrs (senior officers) were to proceed on the annual leave wef 1-30 June. However, I am directed to invite all serving members of 36 RC in the AFN (Maj Gen and equivalent) to a meeting with the CDS as follows. Thursday, June 10, 21; DHQ Conference Hall; 11.00hrs prompt.”
It was learnt that Irabor, based on approval from the Federal Ministry of Defence, asked all the members of regular course 36 across the three services to proceed on courses of their choice for the next year.