Friday, 7 November 2014
Fallout Of Soldiers Running Away From Battle: Nigerian Govt Reviews Recruitment Process Into Armed Forces
The Federal Government has taken a decision to review the strategy for recruitment into the Nigerian Armed Forces, security sources indicated on Thursday.
A source in the security office that is strategic to the operations of the Federal Government said the leadership of the Armed Forces had decided to change the recruitment strategy due some observed inadequacies among the personnel in the on-going fight against Boko Haram insurgents.
Already, the military is probing the circumstances surrounding the last week’s capture of Mubi, in Adamawa State, by the insurgents.
It was learnt that the Federal Government and the military leadership said emphasis would henceforth be placed on courage, fearlessness and discipline in fresh recruitment into the Armed Forces.
The source said that the security leadership was of the view that some people in the forces were engaged merely as a way to earn a living and not because they have love for the job.
The security official also said that efforts were also being made to de-politicise recruitment into the military.
The source said, “The Federal Government is reviewing the strategy for recruitment into the three services of the Armed Forces.
“The situation where people are recruited into the services because they are jobless and their influential contacts want them to be given jobs would no longer work.
“You know, there is a job to be done; this is about discipline, commitment and courage.”
Our correspondent further learnt that the security leadership was also embarking on a review of the process of deployment in the services.
Another source said that deployment would no longer be based mainly on the rank of the officer but also on the qualities of his fearlessness and courage.
Efforts by our correspondent to reach the Director of Defence Information Maj.-Gen Chris Olukolade, for his comment on the development failed as calls to his mobile telephone line did not connect.