Lt General KTJ Minimah, Chief of Army Staff
VOICE OF NIGERIA
25 July, 2014
The Army personnel in Nigeria have been advised to stop using the social media platform wrongly.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Kenneth Minimah cautioned those using the new technology to spread falsehood about the service, particularly the prosecution of the ongoing war against insurgents in parts of the country. He equally warned those exposing the strength and weaknesses of the service to desist from such act.
General Minimah gave the advice while addressing soldiers of the 149 Battalion, Ojo Cantonment, Lagos State, in continuation of his familiarisation tour of Army formations in the 81 Division Area.
“One trend that is also dangerous to the service we all cherish is the misuse of the social media. I urge you to be careful of social media. Those of you that like to use Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms to report the Army as if you are not part of the system, stop it.What you do not know is that you have been undoing the system that you are part of.
“You can tweet on social issues. Do not tweet about our locations, equipment, weapons and ammunition. What has that got to do with you? I urge you to desist from reporting the Army,” he stated.
His appeal came following the activities of some disgruntled and
unpatriotic elements in the service that use the social media to spread misinformation to those outside the system.
Payment of Allowance
The Army Chief also used the occasion to dispel insinuations that soldiers allowances were not paid. “Under my administration, the Army has paid operational allowances upfront even before the normal time of payment. “We have been trying to pay allowances on time. Everybody who is entitled to any form of allowance is being paid promptly. In Zaman Lafia, OP Restore Peace, Pulo Shield, Task Force in Jos, everybody is being paid upfront. We are still in July, and we have been paying operational allowances upfront. There is nowhere this is practiced all over the world; where you are paid upfront,” General Minimah explained.
On the issue of war casualties, the Army Chief told the soldiers that about 7 casualties whose situation could not be handled back home were currently being treated in India and Germany. He assured the soldiers of their welfare.
Also assuring soldiers of support of the service for the education of their wards, General Minimah informed them that upon assumption in office, he annulled the increment in school fees for Army schools across the country.
“Upon my assumption as the Chief of Army Staff, there was a proposal on my table about the increase in school fees for all army schools across the country. But I looked at it and considered that soldiers would be stressed with this increment and so I dropped the idea,” he added.