JONATHAN ORDERS TRANSFER OF SOLDIERS IN ASO ROCK
As part of efforts aimed at consolidating his hold on power, Acting President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the rotation of soldiers in the presidency within two weeks. Daily Sun authoritatively gathered that as a way of ensuring strict compliance, the National Security Adviser, General Aliyu Gusau, had issued a signal to the Commander, Brigade of Guards through the military high command to effect the rotation of officers and men of the Nigerian Army in the presidency.
The development, according to sources close to the military is already sending fears as well as creating confusion amongst the likely-to be affected officers and men who are obviously not happy over the rotation. Information pieced together by Daily Sun indicated that the acting president was advised by some highly placed security officers to ensure that the officers and men protecting the presidency were taken out in form of rotation to check lapses.
Consequently, acting president Jonathan directed the national security adviser to effect the changes for smoother administration. The soldiers are believed not to be happy with the redeployment that was entitled: rotation, particularly as it affected their children, some of whom were billed to sit for the WAEC/NECO examinations in May/June this year.
It was gathered that the affected soldiers in the rotation exercise would be taken to different military formations in neighbouring states of Kaduna, Niger and Benue. A source close the Ministry of Defence told Daily Sun that matters pertaining to transfer, redeployment and now rotation in the military are usually carried out sparingly to give time for the affected officers and men to make adequate arrangements except during emergency situations.