The Nigerian military has denied reports in some quarters that female cadets will no longer be eligible for commissioning into the service.
Director, Defence Information, Major General John Enenche, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said “Extantly, the provision in the terms and conditions of service for female officers of the Nigerian Military is that “They are eligible for all the types of Commission that are grantable to their male counterparts”, which has not changed.”
According to him, the media report about stoppage of training female cadets in order to be commissioned as Regular Combatant officers into the Armed Forces of Nigeria was “an act of disinformation to the general public by mischievous individuals. The contents of all those publications are ill intended concoctions, not authentic and should therefore be disregarded outrightly.”
An unnamed army general had told a newspaper that President Muhammadu Buhari had signed the recommendations of the Army Council one of which is to de-commission female cadets so as to fit into fears by powerful elements of the Northern Muslim of a woman commanding the army one day.