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Army retires 30 Generals.


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FOLLOWING the promotions and postings of 27 major generals by the Nigerian Army Council, indications have emerged that the Army authorities have issued terminal letters to 30 generals, preparatory to their leaving the force between today, 31st December and 31st January 2014.

Among the generals that have so far received the letters are some principal staff officers at army and defence headquarters, commandants of tri-service institutions, corps-commanders, as well as those of Army-owned training institutions.

Nigerian Tribune gathered from authoritative military sources that while some of the generals have served the mandatory 35 years in service, others have been caught up by the age on rank requirement for retirement and some have become not promotable by virtue of the fact that they have not been successful with the promotion boards for the three scheduled opportunities.

On why such large number of generals would be allowed to leave service, even after President Goodluck Jonathan had, in the past, reiterated the need to keep these officers that cost the nation colossal amount of money to train, the source said; “Yes, the services of the officers would still be needed by the Army, but it will be in a different capacity.”

According to the military source, the top hierarchy of the armed forces is heavy and if the terms and conditions of service are not followed, the young officers will not get to the top too.

“For the sake of ensuring that the top of the service is not too heavy, thereby hindering deserved promotions and movement (postings) of officers with new ideas and innovations, these officers (retirees) have to be retired in line with the Armed Forces Terms and Conditions of Service (TACOS).”

The source also disclosed that the ever dynamic internal security outburst spearheaded by the Boko Haram debacle, threats of kidnapping, armed robbery and renewed banditry along the nation’s border areas are also areas the army intends to pay more attention in the coming year.

“Towards this end, tested and highly trained officers who have garnered both local and international experiences, will not just be discarded. Their services will be required in strategic planning, training and support in dealing with moves aimed at containing and curtailing the myriads of security challenges facing the nation,” it was gathered.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Civil War Inevitable As ‘a Biafran and Chief of Army Staff In Nigeria’ , Lt.-Gen. Ihejirika Assured Nigeria’s Unity Not Negotiable.


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Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike IhejirikaChief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, has said that it is a compulsory task for the Nigerian Army to keep the country united.Ihejirika charged the personnel of the Nigerian Army to be focused in the fight against elements bent on destabilising the country.The Army Chief spoke at a decoration ceremony of 16 newly promoted Brigadier-Generals of the Nigerian Army in Abuja on Tuesday, stressing that the Army was ready to fight to the very last in the effort to keep the country together.He said, “There is no two-way about it. Whatever they say in the papers, Nigerian Army officers should remain focused, the Nigerian Army would fight to the last to ensure the unity and defend the territorial integrity of this country.”Ihejirika advised officers eligible for promotion  but who were not elevated because of the issue of limited vacancies, to be steadfast in their dedication, commitment and loyalty to work and wait for the next promotion exercise.It was said that while a total of 177 senior officers were presented for promotion only 75 were promoted.The Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence and the Army, Senator Thompson Sekibo, said that the Nigerian Army represented the last hope of the citizenry in the fight against forces of disintegration and destabilisation.He urged the Army to be resolute in the fight to preserve the unity of the country and eliminate those engrossed in divisive acts against the nation’s territorial integrity.“I am not going to say the Armed Forces, I want to say that our last hope is in the Army; if the Army says today that they are going to be on a retreat for two days, those of us who are in the National Assembly will pack and go to our respective communities until the Army is ready to fight again.“The Army should be ready to eliminate all the agents of destabilisation. The national assembly is there to give you the requisite support,” he said.

Those decorated with the rank of Brigadier-General are Adamu Jalingo, Augustine Anyalechi, Baba Ibrahim, Anthony Folorunsho, Saidi abdulhameed and Olusegun Olatunde.Others are Samuel adebayo, Adeyinka Famadewa, Mutiu Yekini, Musa Yusuf, Anthony Omozoje, Stevenson Olabanji, James Fayehun, L. Hassan, A. Aliyu, and A. Onibasa.

by Fidelis Soriwei – PUNCH

Source: Radio Biafra.

Hegseth: Ryan-Murray Deal Balances Budget on Backs of Veterans.


The bipartisan spending deal reached by House and Senate negotiators balances the budget on the backs of veterans, a move that could cost an enlisted service member $83,000 over the course of their retirement, retired Army Capt. Pete Hegseth said Friday.

“Somehow we’re going to balance the books on the backs of military retirees,” Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, said on “Fox & Friends.”

“Because Washington has been so unwilling to reform the way it spends money for so long, they look for easy places. Safety valves. One of those in this deal was retirement,” Hegseth said.

The budget plan passed by the House Thursday night calls for a one percent cut to retirement benefits for service personnel under the age of 62 who served 20 years in the military, Hegseth explained. He said that could total $83,000 in benefits an enlisted service member receives.

Hegseth claimed the move breaks the trust between government and those who join the military to serve the country.

“You know what’s more damning about this, is that we’re breaking the trust. We’ve made an ironclad promise to those who put their lives on the line,” he said.

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Spread of terrorism: Army uncovers Boko Haram’s terrorists new tactics.


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The Chief of Army Staff Lt General Azubike Ihejirika, has advised Nigerians not to panic over speculation of the spread of terrorists into other regions of the country, assuring that security moves were in top gear to monitor terrorists movements just as the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru also alerted Nigerians that Boko Haram terrorists have come out with new tactics to circumvent security measures put in place towards curtailing their activities in the North East.

The new methods according to General Attahiru include resorting to attacks on soft targets and erecting snap road blocks on major highways in the north east.

He however stressed that the Army has been responding swiftly through effective combat patrols both on air and land.
General Attahiru said: “While the onslaught on the violence extremist organisation continues, the insurgents have devised methods

to circumvent the new security measures by resorting to attacks on soft targets and erecting snap road blocks on major highways in the north east” he said.

“Equally, our troops have responded appropriately through effective combat patrols both on land and air in order to dominate the area of operations,” he stated.

Describing the United States’ designation of Boko Haram and Ansaru as Foreign Terrorist Organisations (FTO) as a step in the right direction, he noted that the Nigerian Army has continued to carry out “full spectrum counter-insurgency operations, with emphasis on both kinetic and non-kinetic operations to shape the operational environment in the north east”.

“Currently, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in conjunction with the Nigerian Air force had carried out simultaneous offensive operations. Based on these operations, insurgents were successfully cleared from some camps in SambisaForest, BitaVillage in Damboa Local Government as well as Gujba in neighbouring YobeState. Many insurgents were killed and large cache of arms and ammunition were also recovered,” the Army spokesman said.

In the same vein, the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 2 Division Garrison, Major General Ahmed Jubrin expressed the readiness of the Nigerian Army to combat terrorism and other security challenges in the country.

Addressing the soldiers, General Jubrin who was represented by the Commander, 4 Brigade, Benin, Brig.-Gen. Patrick Akem, said at the end of the 2 Brigade “Inter Brigade Combat Proficiency Competition,” which ended in Benin City, yesterday, said that the exercise was geared towards combat readiness, as much as confidence building for men of the Nigerian Army.

According to him, “all these are geared ensuring that the desire of the Chief of Army Staff to build capacity in a manner that will position us to tackle the challenges we are facing currently. We have done this not only to create awareness but to give confidence to the nation that indeed we are training and we are able to tackle the challenges that we are facing.

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Speaking in Lagos while commissioning the remodeled headquarters of the Nigerian Army Engineers Complex, at Bonny cantonment , Victoria Island, Ihejirika noted that attempt by some insurgents to

spread from the North eastern region of the country to other regions have met brick-wall following their subsequent arrests, adding that the Nigerian Army would continue to do its best in providing equipment and logistics to enable troops carry out their duties”.

He said, “The spread should not cause panic. We monitor their movement and the exposure on them is beefed up in the North East in particular and in other parts of the North and the tendency is not for them to fret down wards.”

What we are trying to do is to build new cells in the new areas particularly for those of them that are unrepentant.a

We have a common understanding with the SSS ,the police and other sister services to continue to monitor them and they are being arrested”.

Commending the Nigerian Army Corps of Engineers for turning giving its head quarters a structural face lift, Ihejirika noted that the initiative and courage to undertake such project was in line with his vision to transform the Nigerian Army into a force that would meet the demands of the present challenges as well as remain relevant in national development.

According to him, “ this giant strides entailed a lot of sacrifice, integrity and on the part of the commander and his officers and soldiers. It is a proof that the transformation agenda of the president, commander- in chief of Armed Forces, Dr Goodluck Jonathan is being imbibed by some commanders in the Nigeria Army.”

He therefore,urged other commanders to emulate such,even as he encouraged the Commander, officers and soldiers of the Corps to strive more to improve upon the standards attained, noting that any organisation that is not growing is dying. here is still room for improvement particularly in support for the Nigeria Army operations in the North East where we have made progress the Army Headquarters in the face of limited resources and other competing needs.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Obama Is Purging The United States Military At An Alarming Rate.


WASHINGTON – Retired Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, recipient of the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, as well as other top retired officers, say President Obama’s agenda is decimating the morale of the U.S. ranks to the point members no longer feel prepared to fight or have the desire to win.

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“There is no doubt he (Obama) is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him” over such issues as “homosexuals, women in foxholes, the Obama sequester,” Brady told WND.

“They are purging everyone, and if you want to keep your job, just keep your mouth shut,”…>>Click HereTo Read The Rest Of This Story<<

by Geoffrey Grider

New Docs Raise Questions About Timing of Order to Suspend Anti-Christian Army Training Materials.


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After Breitbart News reported on Thursday an official Department of Defense (DOD) document approved the anti-Christian Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a trustworthy source for information on dangerous “extremist” organizations and movements, Fox News released a letter dated Oct. 18 from Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh. He begins his letter noting a string of anti-Christian presentations and says the material is “inaccurate, objectionable and otherwise inconsistent with current Army policy.”

McHugh criticized SPLC for labeling Christian ministries, public-interest groups, and other conservative organizations as extremists, adding the “groups identified in the instruction were not ‘extremist’ organizations as that term is defined in Army Regulation 600-20.”

The DOD document revealed on Thursday confirmed suspicions as to why multiple military trainers nationwide have cited traditional Christian and Tea Party groups as dangerous, and forbids military service members from supporting them or participating in their events. This official document was issued by DOD’s Defense Equal Opportunity Military Institute (DEOMI).

Now Breitbart News has exclusively obtained two additional unclassified military documents that raise additional questions. The first is a redacted letter signed Oct. 17-one day before McHugh’s letter-referencing a new “stand down” order from an Army general at Forscom (U.S. Army Forces Command), saying that “FORSCOM has directed all Equal Opportunity (EO) training be suspended until” military trainers have received updated training to change what they are currently presenting in their briefings. So an Army general in charge of military training on extremists and dangerous movements had already issued an order before McHugh.

Breitbart News has also exclusively obtained yet another letter, this one dated Oct. 23, which makes clearer what the redacted Oct. 17 letter contained. This letter is issued by Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley-commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve Command. This letter states:

“Commanders at all levels … are personally responsible for ensuring that EO [Equal Opportunity] Training is consistent with [Army] policy and command needs. Identifying and obtaining references and training material are key elements in conducting effective EO training. Commanders must ensure that EO briefings are vetted with the appropriate subject matter experts prior to presentation. Effective immediately, all unit EO training, to include EO Leader Course (EOLC) training is suspended.”

The letters use similar formats and the same key terms, so it is a reasonable assumption that their substance is also similar. If so, an Army commander issuing the Oct. 17 letter a single day before McHugh sent his Oct. 18 letter raises two possibilities.

McHugh was a center-right Republican congressman from New York (not a Tea Party person, but not a committed moderate, either) when President Barack Obama appointed him Secretary of the Army. One possibility is that the Oct. 17 letter made him aware of this very serious problem: that the Pentagon was officially approving material from a radical anti-Christian organization that has been linked to domestic terrorism. McHugh may have decided to elevate the “stand down” order to his level, issuing a directive to the entire Army to stop using this material until a full review could be conducted. In other words, his Oct. 18 letter could mean McHugh did the right thing for the right reasons.

Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin-former commanding general of U.S. Army Special Operations Command and now executive vice president of the Family Research Council-is giving McHugh the benefit of the doubt, telling Breitbart News:

“The letter of 17 Oct. demonstrates that the Army sees the problem of persecution of Christians. The letter from the SecArmy on 18 Oct. shows that the Army is doing something about it. I am encouraged but we have a long way to go.”

The other possibility is when McHugh saw the general’s letter, he had the political sense to know that the news media would eventually get a copy (as Breitbart News now has), and that it would be a damaging political scandal for the Obama administration to have proof that this administration is in fact using anti-Christian propaganda as training material for American soldiers. The way to head off that scandal was to immediately issue his own letter to supersede and overshadow the Oct. 17 letter, making it look like the Obama administration was proactively looking for a solution to avoid being blamed as the source of the problem.

It would be pure speculation at this point to guess which one of these possibilities explains the Oct. 18 letter, but one thing that is not speculative is that McHugh’s letter amounts to the Army’s admission that the military has in fact been using anti-Christian indoctrination material in training our soldiers about threats to the nation.

Congress should investigate who knew what and when, as well as why McHugh issued his letter on Oct. 18. Additionally, DEOMI materials can be used by all the branches of the military, and the Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps might still be using anti-Christian material and are outside McHugh’s jurisdiction to prevent them from doing so. As such, Congress should also ask Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel about this and demand to know why Hagel has not reissued McHugh’s order under his own name to ensure that no one in the U.S. military is using the SPLC’s anti-Christian material.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

KEN KLUKOWSKI

Ken Klukowski is director, Center for Religious Liberty at Family Research Council. This article appeared on Breitbart.com Friday.

Plans by ex-Biafran soldiers to stage protest uncalled for Pensions board.


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AUTHORITIES of the Military Pensions Board in Abuja have described plans by some ex-Biafran soldiers to storm Abuja and protest the non-payment of the benefits as uncalled for, noting that if they are genuine ex-soldiers, they should seek the necessary clearance and come for payment.

Chairman of the board, Commodore D.S Audu, who spoke with Nigerian Tribune on the issue, said so far, over 330 ex-Biafran soldiers and Air Force personnel had been cleared to enjoy the presidential pardon.

According to him, out of the number, the board initiated the publication of the beneficiaries in the national dailies, with instructions on how to go about collecting their benefits, to which they had responded without any hiccup.

“So, for any so called ex-Biafran soldier to come forward and claim that he is being owed benefits and he wants to embark on violent protest, that shows the person or persons are either fake or not genuine.

“We have the names and records of those that are genuine. Let those complaining come forward to prove their genuineness, then we will sort their matter out,” he said.

While explaining the procedures, the Director of Army Pensions, Colonel A. Akerele, noted that once the ex-soldiers showed up, their names would be sent to the Directorate of Army Records for verification and to see if they were gazetted.

He said from Lokoja, Kogi State, the names would be forwarded to the Central Pay Office, Apapa and after clearance, the names would be sent to the board for commencement of payment.

“As I am talking to you now, for the Army, we have a list of 226 ex-Biafran soldiers that are qualified and gazetted and out of this number, about 110 have come forward for clearance.

“They have had their details taken into our biometric system, after which they got their money. So, if the ones complaining are sure that they are not fake, let them come and prove it,” he said.

Source: Radio Biafra.

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