The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Faruq Yahaya, wants the female soldier who publicly accepted the proposal of a male youths corps member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Kwara State to be pardoned in the spirit of the Christmas season, it was learnt.
According to reliable sources in the Nigerian military, Gen. Yahaya has made overtures to the Nigerian military’s leadership in the last few days, requesting that the soldier be pardoned.
According to the sources, the COAS maintained that the erring soldier should be severely reprimanded for engaging in any act that violates the military code of conduct for officers and men.
The military authority has considered the Army Chief’s appeal and has ordered the soldier’s release so that he can spend Christmas with his family and friends.
It was recently reported that a video of a male corps member proposing to a female soldier at the NYSC’s Yikpata Orientation Camp in Kwara State went viral.
Some corps members are seen having a discussion in one of the video clips, which is thought to be the orientation camp’s parade ground.
The discussion is still going on when the yet-to-be-identified corps member, who is seen holding a ring, gets down on one knee and proposes to the soldier, who accepts.
The corps member then places the ring on the finger of the visibly excited soldier, eliciting applause from the crowd.
In another scene, the couple is seen having a romantic moment. As she stands directly behind him, the corps member is seen wearing the lady’s military cap.
Following that, they share a kiss, much to the delight of the other corps members who were filming the incident.
Following the incident, reports surfaced that the soldier had been detained by the Army, an action that drew widespread condemnation on social media.
Apart from public ‘outrage’ over the Nigerian military’s actions, PRNigeria has learned that Lt. Gen. Yahaya’s ‘appeal for mercy’ for the female soldier may be linked to the fact that the Christmas season provides an opportunity for those who have erred to be pardoned.
“The COAS, in his wisdom, believes that by the time she is pardoned and forgiven, the young female soldier will have retraced her steps and shown remorse for violating military ethical codes.” As a result, he has been pleading for her forgiveness. “This is what he’s been up to behind the scenes the last few days,” a senior military officer said.
When contacted, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Army Spokesperson, Freshreporters gathered that the soldier would be released on Christmas Day.
“I can confirm to you that an order has been made for the soldier to be freed and enjoy the Christmas with her family and friends with a serious warning for her not to repeat such act again,” he said.