...Tita Onyebuchi,  Nze < Abuja >


The Nigerian Army (NA) has been notified of a publication by Sahara Reporters alleging that personnel of the Nigerian Army lamented delay in payment of their January salary, with  many paid peanuts,  while Generals feed fat. This report is not only misleading, but a grandiose attempt to incite personnel against established precept of discipline in the NA. For avoidance of doubt, since the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya assumed command, he has prioritized the welfare of officers, soldiers and their families, including ensuring prompt payment of salaries, allowances and all statutory entitlements to personnel. Therefore, the allegation suggesting delay and non implementation of new salary increase is a reckless falsehood in all its intent and purposes. 

It must be emphasised, that over the years, the NA has  built a reputation and unbroken record of prompt payment of salaries and allowances. Officers and soldiers get their monthly salaries and allowances as at when due. 

 Additionally, if there is any envisaged delay, troops are usually communicated through the internal  communication mechanism. 

It is therefore instructive to state that for the month of January, all salaries and allowances have been paid. The attempt to stir up discontent and whip up sentiment with regards to the unsubstantiated and baseless report that Generals feed fat is an outrageous frivolity. It is an attempt to incite personnel against the institution and cause disaffection in the ranks and should therefore be outrightly discountenanced.  

The NA wishes to call on  all credible media to distance themselves from the apparent unprofessional and disgraceful yellow journalism practiced  by some media channels and purveyors of fake of news.

Our troops are in high spirit and would not be distracted by any mischievous submission by agent provocateurs. 


Brigadier General

Director Army Public Relations

4 February 2022

In a related development, 

The Chief of Army Staff COAS visited Minna Saturday 5th January, 2022 for an Operational Assessment as captured below.


... Says operational lapses must be expunged

The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, in the early hours of today 5 February 2022 embarked on an operational tour of 31 Brigade Area of Responsibility in Minna, Niger State. The  tour is in continuation of ongoing evaluation and review of troops' operations in the fight against terrorism, banditry and other sundry crimes in the country.

Addressing Operational Commanders in Minna, the COAS charged them to take appropriate tactical measures and bold steps to tackle the menace of banditry and kidnapping in their areas of responsibility, adding that they must  be thorough and circumspect in order to expunge all operational lapses in the ongoing anti banditry campaign. Gen Yahaya encouraged the commanders not to be hesitant in communicating their challenges to the Army hierarchy. He maintained that the Nigerian Army will continue to ensure combat hardwares and logistics are provided to reposition and enhance ongoing operations. Gen Yahaya assured that in consonance with his philosophy of command, the welfare of personnel has topped his priority list, since he assumed command. The COAS enjoined them to work in synergy with sister services and other security agencies in order to effectively dismantle the network of banditry and kidnapping in their areas.


Brigadier General

Director Army Public Relations

5 February 2022

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