The Nigerian Military has denied reports that it plans to overhaul a Jonathan-administration policy which allowed the admission of female cadets into the combatant course of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).
Punch had reported that a recommendation made by the Armed Forces Council which was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari last week asked the army to “Phase out the training of female regular combatant cadets.”
The newspaper quoted a military source as saying: “The northern Muslim leaders want to prevent a situation where one day, a woman will lead the army and give orders to men.”
But in a statement issued on Tuesday by Maj. Gen. John Enenche, Director of Defence Information, the military described the report which was contained in several print and online publications, as false and “an act of disinformation to the general public by mischievous individuals”
The statement reads furthers: “The content of all those publications are ill intended, concoctions, not authentic and should therefore be disregarded outrightly.
“Extantly, the provision, in the terms and conditions of service for female officers of the Nigerian Military is that “They are eligible for all types of Commissions that are grantable to their male counterparts” which has not changed”