Army denies planned protest over unpaid emoluments, others

The Nigerian Army, on Wednesday, denied a report alleging that some serving officers are planning to storm Abuja, to protest unpaid emoluments and poor working conditions.

Onyema Nwachukwu, Brigadier General, Director Army Public Relations in a statement described the reports as baseless, unsubstantiated and an attempt by some faceless enemies to dent the image of the military.

He said officers and men of the service witnessed exceptional positive changes in the moral and physical components of the force.

The statement further explained that the Nigerian Army under the current leadership had provided a conductive enablement for officers and men, which has motivated them to work tirelessly with all the logistics equipment that had been injected into the theatres of operations.

He said the army had provided welfare packages, prompt payment of salaries, operational allowances, medical facilities, as well as welfare flights to reduce the burden of troops travelling in and out of the theatres to see their loved ones.

“Scholarships are also being awarded to children of officers and soldiers killed in action in the ongoing operations,” he said.

He said the NA remained a symbol of national unity and cannot afford to be divided along ethnic or religious lines.