Officers and men of the Nigerian Army have been directed to appear in line with a prescribed new dress code.
The directive was contained in a signal to all Army units and formation across Nigeria.
The new dress code prescribed by the Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, is part of the restructuring being undertaken by the new army leadership.
It stipulates that all officers and soldiers are to dress in their plain green jacket on Mondays and Fridays. The dress is popularly known as “number four dress” in the army.
The number four dress is like a short-sleeved suit, popularly known as safari. It has four buttons and four pockets and is usually worn with a peak cap.
The new directive further stated that on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, all officers and soldiers are to dress in the plain green uniform which requires them to tuck in. It is known as “number five dress.”
The number five dress is a short-sleeved dress worn with a beret and can be worn with a combat boot or bate shoe.
The materials for number four and five dresses are all the same with their styles being the only difference.
The directive further stated that the dress for various operations still remain the woodland and desert camo depending on the region of Operation. It is known as the number six dress.
It is worthwhile to note that the new directive is not new to the army.
Sources familiar with the matter told Premium Times that the mode of dressing contained in Mr Attahiru’s directive was what obtained before the coming of the immediate past Army Chief, Tukur Buratai.