Army clarifies COAS service record

Nigerian Army has clarified that new Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya’s record started on Sept. 22, 1990 when was commissioned as an officer.

Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, made clarification in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

Yerima said that COAS, during his confirmation screening at Assembly, mentioned that was bringing his 36 years of military experience to bear.

According to him, Yahaya told the Senators that what brought along “in this highly tasking office is about 36 years of military experience, having joined the Army on 27 September 1985 as a member of 37 Regular Course (Degree)”.

Yerima noted COAS went further to state that “since that time when he passed out on September 22nd, 1990”.

He said, for the , the COAS had accurately captured his military experience to include the five years he spent in training as Officer Cadet in the Nigerian Defence Academy.

“The record of of an officer however counts from the day he is commissioned.
“This is clearly stated in the Harmonized Terms and Conditions of (Officers) 2017 Revised,” he said.

“In the of the 22nd COAS as he stated clearly, he was commissioned on 22nd September 1990 which is reference point for his service years.

“This, therefore, means the message being circulated is completely inaccurate and out of context,” he said.

The Army spokesperson, however, urged the public to disregard claims that tended to portray COAS had spent 36 years in service.

According to him, the claims emanated from lack of knowledge of the military service or out of mischief which can best be explained by their authors. (NAN)