By Joy Baba
After dispensing of necessary paperwork, the Nigerian Army has commenced payment of allowances to its personnel who participated in peacekeeping operations in the last few years.
The payment was said to have commenced even before an anonymous petition on the contrary was posted on a popular online media.
A top military source disclosed that “It is noteworthy that the long process of streamlining the procedure for securing funds for Peace Support Operations goes beyond the Nigerian military establishment.
According to him, “It involves the procedures and protocols of mission sponsoring agencies such as the United Nations, African Union and ECOWAS among others”,
The officer, who craved anonymity, however, said “the Nigerian Army has never in any way denied that some troops who had concluded their tour of duty in some Peace Support Operations were yet to be fully remunerated. Nevertheless, there is no case of embezzlement as alleged in some report.”
Speaking further on the matter, he insisted that the timing of the misleading so-called powerful petition and its publication coincided with the time when the major issues are being resolved and payment has actually commenced on the basis of the order of entry or exit of the various Nigerian Contingents (NIBATTS) into the Peace Support Operations.
“The motive of the petitioners and those propagating it therefore, becomes more suspicious, as some article went further to disparage and libel the leadership and individual officers of the Nigerian military”, he continued.
“It is thus expedient to state that it is not in the character of the Nigerian Army to toe the path of embezzlement, as the said anonymous petition or its publisher has attempted to ascribe to the leadership of the Nigerian Army or the military as an institution.
He stated that although the Army may officially react to the publication, one unfortunate consequence of such hasty allegations will only serve to generate disaffection in the system.
While advising all officers and soldiers not to allow themselves to be swayed by the alarmist insinuations, he said the general public should also discountenance the material as a misleading remark on the actual situation in the military.