By Ajogwu Jerry
Brigadier General Sani Kuksheka Usman voluntarily retired from the Nigerian Army after devoting 35 years of his life pursuing a meritorious career he cherished and built a niche worthy of emulation.
News announcing Gen Usman’s retirement on the 7th of February, 2019 was not celebrated by those who worked closely with him and many fans who admired his passionate roles from a distance because the now retired but not tired General contributed his best quota. Recall that upon completion of a course he attended in Plateau state, he resumed his office as the image maker with a difference, a position he held until the end of his successful career.
Recently, some mischief makers embraced the gullibility of their poorly schemed propaganda orchestrated for egocentric pursuits however in a failed bid to dent the name of one of the most astute voice the Nigerian Military ever had.
To this end, it is instructive to read the true story concerning his retirement better explained by the Nigerian Army authorities:
“The attention of the Nigerian Army is drawn to a fake news as quoted above trending on various social and online media credited to the immediate past army spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman (Rtd).
“The fake news ordinarily would not have attracted this refutal since Brigadier General Usman has refuted it appropriately on his face book page if not because of its tendency to impinge on the image of the Nigerian army. It has also been observed that the news is still mischievously being circulated despite his refutal. It is therefore imperative for the Nigerian Army to state that Brigadier General Sani Usman voluntarily retired from the service after 35 years of meritorious service to the nation just like he rightly stated when he addressed members of the press on 7th February 2019 at the occasion of his farewell message to officers, soldiers and civilian staff of the Directorate of Army Public Relations. At no time did the retired senior officer granted any interview to any media outlet especially the source of this fake news. At best, the fake news story can be seen as the fabrication of the author for political gains which the Nigerian Army does not wants be associated with.
“In this season of election campaigns and spread of fake news, members of the public are advised to crosscheck all bits of information particularly the ones seen on social media.
“The leadership of the Nigerian Army has severally and consistently made its apolitical stance clear to the public,”.
Authorities of the Nigerian Army urged members of the public to disregard the story in its entirety.
Adopting a benevolent approach in all undertakings, the retired golden voice of the Nigerian Army further explained the reason behind his voluntary retirement. However, he did not hesitate frowning at the architect of the fake news who is bent on misinforming the public for selfish gain.
Read full details of Usman’s rebuttal:
“My attention has been drawn to a mischievous fake news fabricated by an IPOB member and Social Media worker of one the political parties, that goes by the name Engr Jude Chinedu, which he posted on his Facebook wall on Monday 18th February 2019 at about 11.55am, alleging that I retired from the Nigerian Army for political reasons.
“This is not true and I have made that very clear on the criminal’s Facebook wall. Unfortunately, this fake news has for the past two days being circulated by other mischievous elements for reasons best known to them.
“I voluntarily retired from the Nigerian Army on 7th February 2019 having served for over three decades and commenced my terminal leave the following day.
“I wish to reiterate that I have never spoken to anyone, nor issue such statement falsely claimed by Jude Chinedu and several other criminally minded people that gleefully shared the fabricated story.
“I remain eternally grateful to the Nigerian Army and the nation for such a wonderful opportunity and fulfilling career in the Nigerian Army.
“Therefore, I implore all well meaning people to disregard such fake news. I also want to seize this opportunity to thank all those that showed concern on the unfortunate fake news through phone calls, text and WhatsApp messages. Thank you all. God bless you”.
This is the true story, therefore any other fake news in circulation should be treated as malicious and it does not hold water.