The Nigeria Army has revealed that it is likely to send freshly promoted officers to Boko haram front line in the North-east of the country.
This was hinted by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, when he said that some of the newly promoted senior officers will be moved to the North East to strengthen the ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the area.
He said this after decorating 29 newly promoted Major Generals and some of the Brigadier Generals with their new ranks.
In his address, Buratai said;
“Some of you that have been promoted and decorated today; we are only waiting for today and by tomorrow, I expect you to pick your bags and start heading towards the North East. Some of you have no option than to move in straight there – North East.
The posting is already out,’’ he said as he directed the Military Secretary to read it to the affected officers.
Buratai, therefore, appealed to the wives of the officers due to deployed to the theatre of operation to keep the home front well while their husbands would be there.
The army chief said the promotions were duly deserved further observing that it was a culmination of a journey of several years which has resulted in the current ranks of major generals and brigadier generals.
“The promotion is strictly on merit, there was no any influence from outside. We must ensure that we get the right people at the right time. You must be committed; your loyalty should remain unshakable,’’ he added and charged the officers to be responsive and professional in the discharge of their duties.
The Army Council approved the promotion of 231 senior officers to the next of ranks on Monday.
According to the breakdown 29 Brigadier-Generals were elevated to Major-Generals, 95 Colonels to Brigadier-Generals, 106 Lieutenant Colonels to Colonels and one Major to Lieutenant Colonel.
The army had the promotion was to re-energise the beneficiaries toward the discharge of their tasks and responsibilities.