Members of the Northern Senators Forum have met to discourse perceived marginalisation of the North in the army; this is as a result of a recent uproar over alleged lopsided postings in the Nigerian Army.
Sources have revealed that leaders of the forum circulated a paper, which contained a table of alleged postings in the military in recent times. A source said the document was compiled to show the perceived favour to the Igbo tribe in the postings and the alleged breach of the Federal Character principle.
It was also gathered that the forum had resolved to launch official protests in relation to the perceived lopsidedness in the postings. According to sources, the document being circulated among the northern senators portrayed ethnic imbalance and further indicated that Igbos in the army were being made to occupy choice postings and commanding positions.
“We have resolved to launch protests against this imbalance and ensure that the right thing is done,” a source said, adding that in a federation, every arm of government and agency must be ready to play by the rules. But a group, Information for Democracy and Development (IDD), led by its national coordinatior, Mr Joshua Yahaya, said allegations being bandied against the person of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Azubuike Ihejirika, was needless distraction aimed at plunging the military into the realm of politics.