Marriage proposal: COAS applauded over release of female soldier

Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) has commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, over the release of the female soldier detained for accepting the proposal of a corps member at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp in Yikpata, Kwara State.

The centre in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Joyce Ogwu, said it is excited by the release of the soldier, noting that the COAS had proven to be a listening leader with the interest of his troops and nation at heart.

“We must agree that the Nigerian Army is peopled by highly disciplined personnel and its hierarchy must do things within the law to maintain discipline and professionalism within its set up,” it said.

Hannah Sofiat had earlier been detained for violating military rules and regulations by getting involved in a public display of an “amorous relationship” with a paramilitary trainee – a corps member.

Having taken an oath under the Armed Forces Act, it was expected that the female soldier would be aware of such as an act of indiscipline, negligence of duty and others capable of dragging the image of the Nigerian Army in the mud.

Out of his magnanimity, the COAS instructed her release in the spirit of the Christmas celebration following interventions by well-spirited individuals.

Welcoming the release, the Centre said the COAS had again displayed his vision for a professional Nigerian Army ready to accomplish assigned missions within a joint environment in defence of the country.

It said by this action, the Army has proven to be an institution guided by principles which must be followed to the latter.

The Centre called on everyone to respect constituted authorities and not to be carried away by emotions, especially on sensitive national assignments.

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