Officers threatened to be punished over open letter written to Buhari on Social media

The Nigerian Army has threatened to punish any of its personnel who resort to the use of social media to engage the authorities in an attempt to air their grievances.

CRIMECHANNELS gathered that the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, said this in a statement while reacting
to an open letter written by some aggrieved Soldiers to Mr President.

It was learnt that the Soldiers in the open letter to President Mohammadu Buhari, were vexed about the final decision
by Non Commissioned Officers (NCO) and Senior Non Commissioned Officers (SNCO), in rejecting the Nigerian Army Welfare Housing Scheme (NAWHS). The Soldiers, angry about the decision of the officers described them as being greedy while leaving them to starve.

The Soldiers who signed the letter are; 05NA/57/2084 SGT Yusuf Shetima, 04NA/55/0925 CPL James Ibok, 09NA/62/5578 LCPL Danladi Ibrahim,11NA/66/10622 LCPL Afolabi Showumi and 13NA/70/11034 PTE Lucky Dolph.

Reacting to the letter, Yerima noted that members of the Nigerian Army have resolved to responding to administrative issues through social media platforms.

Yerima’s statement reads, “the attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to the referenced story being circulated in the social media and the following is our response which is simply to disabuse the minds of members of the general public.”

“That the signatories who claimed to be writing on behalf of NA soldiers are fictitious names and numbers which are non-existent in the Nigerian Army records.”

“That the current Chief of Army Staff met an Army Housing Scheme in the pipeline and constituted a Committee to understudy its feasibility and desireability. Questionnaire was subsequently designed by the Committee for soldiers to bare their minds on the scheme and to ascertain those who are interested in it. It was still at this stage of administering the questionnaire to soldiers that agent provocateurs seized the moment to demonize the scheme with toxic narratives.”

“That members of the Nigerian Army have established mechanisms of responding to administrative issues and resort to social media is not one of them. Any personnel caught using social media to engage the authorities will be severely dealt with. It is however curious that a scheme meant to benefit soldiers and families could be so fragantly twisted in the social media using names and numbers that are alien to the Nigerian Army. The motive for this kind of strange act will ultimately be uncovered.”

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