- General Gabriel Olonisakin, Nigeria's immediate past chief of defence staff, has officially left the Nigerian Army
- Olonisakin pulled out in a colorful parade at Mogadishu Cantonment, Asokoro, Abuja
- The four-star general took a bow after over 35 years in service in the Nigerian Armed Forces
Nigeria's immediate past Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Abayomi Olonisakin (rtd), on Tuesday, February 16, officially pulled out of the Nigerian Army.
Olonisakin, the 16th CDS took a bow from the Nigerian Armed Forces following his retirement and the appointment of his successor in a parade at the Mogadishu Cantonment, Asokoro, Abuja.
A video showing this moment was shared by the Nigeria Defence on their various social media platforms.
Legit.ng recalls that Olonisakin who served for 5 years and 6 months resigned on Tuesday, January 26, alongside other security chiefs in the country.
The former service chief speaking at the event expressed his gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for counting him worthy to command the armed forces.
He went on to note that under his leadership the Nigerian military had been transformed from being inexperienced in asymmetric warfare to building enormous capacity.
According to him, the military had gained valuable experience in fighting asymmetric threats.
Ex-chief of defence staff praises self
Olanisakin made the disclosure when he handed over the mantle of leadership to his successor, Major General Leo Irabor, on Friday, January 29, in a ceremony at the defence headquarters.
He said the army was able to achieve such an accomplishment with the help of the government and Nigerians.
Ex-CDS Olonisakin arrives family home for retirement
In other news, a video that trended on Twitter showed the emotional moment the former chief of defence staff got to his family home after his retirement from the Nigerian Armed Forces.
In the video shared by one Deji Adesogan, the ex-CDS was seen coming out of his official vehicle to the warm embrace of his wife and other family members who were singing and thanking God for a successful retirement.
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