The Nigerian Defence Headquarters says speculations that there is mass retirement of some generals in the Nigerian Army following the appointment of Maj.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) is not true.

The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, stated this while briefing newsmen in Abuja.|

Brig.-Gen Onyeuko said that the retirement of senior officers from the military was always voluntary, noting that the military high command has yet to authorize the retirement of any officer.

He emphasized that no retirement had been authorized by the military high command, adding that such unfounded rumours as retirement was only voluntary for senior officers who desired to do so.