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Army denies planned protest over unpaid emoluments, others

Following reports that some serving officers are planning to storm Abuja, to protest unpaid emoluments and poor working conditions, the Nigerian Army has reacted.

Reacting through a statement issued on Wednesday, Onyema Nwachukwu, Brigadier General, Director Army Public Relations said such reports are baseless, unsubstantiated and an attempt by some faceless enemies to dent the image of the military.

Speaking further, Onyema Nwachukwu said outstanding and positive changes in the moral and physical components of the force have been witnessed by officers and men of the service.

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.

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