The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, made the clarification in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
Yerima said that the COAS, during his confirmation screening at the National Assembly, mentioned that he was bringing his 36 years of military experience to bear.
According to him, Yahaya told the Senators that what he 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)”.
“The record of service of an officer however counts from the day he is commissioned.
“This is clearly stated in the Harmonized Terms and Conditions of Service (Officers) 2017 Revised,” he said.
“In the case 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 that the COAS had spent 36 years in service.