The Nigerian Army has dismissed a report from online media (not The PUNCH) alleging that Nigerian Army personnel were lamenting the delay in paying their January salaries and that many soldiers were being paid peanuts.
The director of army public relations, brigadier general. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement on Friday, said the report was not only misleading, but a grandiose attempt to incite personnel against the established precept of discipline in the military.
Nwachukwu said the army chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya had, since taking command, prioritized the welfare of officers, soldiers and their families, including ensuring prompt payment of salaries, allowances and all statutory entitlements.
He said an allegation suggesting a delay and non-implementation of a further pay rise was a reckless lie in all its intent and purpose.
According to him, it must be emphasized that the Nigerian military has over the years built a reputation and an unbroken record of prompt payment of salaries and allowances.
Nwachukwu said officers and soldiers have always received their monthly salaries and allowances when due, adding that any expected delays are usually communicated to troops through an internal communication mechanism.
“It is therefore instructive to state that for the month of January, all wages and allowances have been paid.
“The attempt to stoke discontent and stoke sentiment regarding the unsubstantiated and unsubstantiated report that the generals feed the grease is an outrageous frivolity.
“This is an attempt to incite the staff against the institution and cause disaffection within the ranks and should therefore be discouraged.
“NA would like to call on all credible media to distance themselves from the seemingly unprofessional and shameful yellow journalism practiced by some fake news media and providers.
“Our troops are in good spirits and would not be distracted by a malicious submission from agents provocateurs,” he said.