The Defence Headquarters is set to retire no fewer than 464 members of the Nigerian Armed Forces who have put in the mandatory 35 years of service, next month.
To this effect, the retiring personnel comprising 449 from the Nigerian Army, two from the Nigerian Navy and 13 from the Nigerian Air Force , will be passing out tomorrow, after undergoing a training in Managerial Entrepreneurship skills at the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, NAFRC Oshodi Lagos, as part of preparation to re-integrate them into civil life.
This comes just as the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (NDLF) alleged that some top Army officers planning to overthrow President Muhammadu Buhari goverment had approached Niger- Delta militants to continue bombing oil installations to give pretext and justification for a coup.
The militant group in a statement by the Commander, General Duties, Joint Revolutionary Council, JRC, of JNDLF, General Akotebe Darikoro and others, said: “We are constrained to let the cat out of the bag today that President Buhari should be wary about the security of this country as some military men are making moves to remove him from power by instigating civil unrest in the country.
“Some top military men through their civil agents approached us to cause and continue the vandalization of oil and gas pipelines in the Niger Delta region to serve as an excuse to take over the government from democracy to military rule in the country.
“We said no, as such plan is not in conformity with our genuine desire of agitation. The military want to disgrace him now and let him quickly look into the issues and make pronouncement for his administration to be in peace. “Let the President analyze certain memo from the military concerning Niger Delta region before taking actions, otherwise the military will use that as a platform to remove him.
“We know that the issue of Niger Delta is political and we prefer political solution to resolve it, but if the president refuses, that is not our problem.
“Since some military men want to use various agitations in the country and the President’s probing of the military, which they said exposes the respected uniformed personnel to disrepute and ridicule before the civilian populaces as an excuse to strike.
“We received several calls from unknown persons to persuade us to continue the bombing and that when they succeed in overthrowing the government, we will be in a better position.
“We said capital no, when asked of their names, they said they are above Major General level. They refused to disclose their names but their intonation seemed like Yoruba and Hausa.
“Our agitation is not for selfish interest but for the overall benefit of the Niger Delta region. We will not kidnap any person or kill expatriate in the country but will continue our agitation with clear determination to actualize our cause in Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, Commandant of the NAFRC, Air Vice Marshal Mike Iloenyosi, briefed journalists on activities lined up for the graduation ceremony, explaining that the training was in line with the mandate of the centre which was to equip retiring personnel of the Nigerian Armed Forces with relevant trade and vocational skills that would enable them enjoy a productive and fulfilling retirement life.
He disclosed that the centre so far trained about 40,500 ex-servicemen since inception in 1945, a figure he attributed to part of the centre’s achievements.