The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor met with major-generals, Air vice Marshals and the rear admirals who are members of the Regular Course 36 and senior to the new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya.
The meeting was convened with a view to tactically easing out no fewer than 70 major generals, AVMs and rear admirals out of the service,
President Muhammadu Buhari had skipped 29 major-generals and appointed Yahaya who is a member of Regular Course 37, a move which has been generating controversy in the last two weeks.
Irabor subsequently asked members of Course 36 to proceed on courses of their choice and to no longer report at their duty posts.
The letter was signed by Rear Admiral AB Adamu on behalf of the CDS.
Gen Irabor made it clear to everyone that because all course 36 members of the army who are seniors of the current Chief of Army Staff, are being eased out, it would be wrong to retain their course mates in other services.
To this end, all air vice marshals in the air force and all rear admirals in the navy that are members of Course 36 have been affected. They will not be allowed to continue to report at their respective services or at DHQ. The intention is to get all to resign without forcing them to do so.
When asked why the military was taking the action, the general added that the military now has a tradition whereby when a new chief of any of the branches is appointed, all those who senior him, including those who are in other arms of the military, are eased. This was how members of the Regular Course 35 were all eased out in February.