Uproar over Impostors in Army Recruitment Exercise
Allegations of Impersonation Rock Army Recruitment
In a shocking turn of events, a viral video has sparked outrage as individuals from the northern part of Nigeria are seen seeking recruitment into the Army by posing as Lagos indigenes. The controversy involves various stakeholders, including the Nigerian Army, Lagos State Government, and former Minister of Communications, Maj. Gen. Tajudeen Olanrewaju (Retd).
Major General Olanrewaju Urges Probe
Major General Olanrewaju, a former General Officer Commanding, Third Armoured Division, Nigerian Army, has labeled the video a “big slap on the national goal of achieving peace and unity.” He calls for a thorough investigation into the ongoing Army recruitment, emphasizing the need for transparency and fairness.
Lagos Local Government Orders Investigation
The chairman of Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area, Otunba Kehinde Oloyede, responds to the video by ordering a comprehensive investigation. He condemns the issuance of fake indigeneship letters and vows to ensure that those involved face the full consequences of the law.
Lagos State Government’s Commitment to Prosecution
Gbenga Omotoso, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos State, assures that suspects arrested in connection with the fraudulent indigeneship letters will be duly prosecuted. The state government expresses its commitment to upholding the rule of law.
Nigerian Army’s Measures and Response
The Nigerian Army, through its Director of Army Public Relations, Major-General Onyema Nwachukwu, acknowledges the arrest of fraudulent candidates. The Army emphasizes its commitment to a transparent and credible recruitment process and assures the public of a thorough investigation.
Calls for Transparent Recruitment Parameters
PANDEF and MBF call for transparency in the recruitment process, urging security agencies to make their parameters public. They emphasize the importance of uniform requirements and greater transparency to prevent speculations and rumors.
Afenifere Blames Faulty Federalism
Afenifere’s Mogaji Gboyega Adejumo attributes the issue to faulty federalism. He calls for the restructuring of the Nigerian polity to ensure peace, unity, and security.
NEF Sees a Wider Agenda
The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) suggests a broader agenda, claiming the situation aims to emasculate the North. NEF Spokesman Abdul-Azeez Suleiman asserts that Northerners are being humiliated in Southern Nigeria, emphasizing the need for careful consideration of the mass movement of people between regions.
In conclusion, the controversy surrounding the Army recruitment exposes issues of identity, fairness, and systemic challenges that demand thorough investigation and resolution.