Worried by the inability of some Army officers to combat Boko Haram terrorists due to their potbellies, it was gathered that the Nigerian Army high command has given such officers now till December to work on their bellies or face compulsory retirement from the service.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai, gave the ultimatum recently during one of the meetings with top officers to re-strategise on how to end the terror war in North-East Nigeria.
Consequently, some officers, who have this challenge are said to be spending more time in the fitness centres to ensure they reshape themselves.
One officer, who confided in our correspondent, revealed that since Buratai handed that threat, there has been panic in the Army among the top ranking officers.
The officer said, “You know some of these people have enjoyed the luxury of spending most of their time in the office rather than going to the field, especially the cadet officers. Like those of us who rose through the ranks, we know what military work entails because we have worked for it but you will see a young officer who has spent his entire career doing office work. Even those who went on missions, some of them were doing administrative work.
The Army officer stated further that Nigerian Army officers are the luckiest in Africa stressing that, “If not this Boko Haram terror war, how many of these officers have seen war? So for them, being an Army officer is just like getting a job in the ministry or any other civil organisation. The country has not experienced any external aggression that will keep officers on their toes. Apart from the civil war of 1967, what else?
It was gathered that even the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Abayomi Olanishakin has keyed into the Buratai’s ‘work on your belly or go on compulsory retirement’ theory.
The CDS, while speaking with journalists when he visited the scene of Nyanya’s last Friday blast, revealed that security agencies would reassess their strategies to beat the new dimension that the insurgents have taken.
General Olanishakin said, “We commiserate with the families who have lost their dear ones and for the security agencies we will begin to reappraise our security infrastructure and setup to ensure that we are able to address this challenges appropriately.

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