- Senior officers who served Nigeria diligently have been honoured by the Nigerian Military
- About 93 of the retirees were hosted to a dinner by the Chief of Defence Staff over the weekend in Abuja
- Other service chiefs, some former service chiefs and the ministers of defence and information were in attendance
The Nigerian Military on Saturday, April 10 honoured 93 retired senior officers in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Legit.ng gathered that those honoured are 67 Major Generals and its equivalent and 31 Brigadier Generals and its equivalent 31.
Speaking at the event, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, said the military high command will continue to accord respect due to the retirees at all times.
“To our dear retired officers, this event is organised to appreciate you, but it is equally, to formally, thank you for your service to the nation and to tell you that your services were never in any way forgotten.
“I'll like to request from you that from time to time, you look back at the constituency for us to learn from your wealth of experience for uplifting the armed forces of Nigeria.
“Equally, I request you to remain our ambassadors, given that you now have time and the opportunity to mingle with the greater majority of the populace and the world at large. You are our mouthpiece.
“The cherished values of the military which are oftentimes misrepresented can now be better explained to those who you will come across. The spirit of camaraderie that we share will continue to be fostered.
“Be assured of our determination to keep the fire of patriotism and discipline burning very intensely.”
On his part, the minister of defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (rtd) said the federal government was determined to surmount the security challenges confronting the nation.
Magashi, who was the special guest of honour at the event said:
“You have served this country very well. Please continue to work for the country even outside the service. Very soon, we will get out of where we found ourselves.
“I know most of you may not be happy with what is going on, but I know that we will surmount it. I am also a retired general. My name was in the archive before they remembered me and made me a minister.”
The event was attended by the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the service chiefs – Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru (Army), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao (Air Force), and Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo (Navy).
Former Chiefs of Defence Staff, Admiral Ibrahim Oghohi (rtd) and Gen. Martin Luther Agwai (rtd), were also in attendance.
Meanwhile, amid the daunting security challenges in Nigeria, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), said his vision will rebuild the Nigerian Army into a formidable force that will defeat all threats.
The army boss made the declaration during the opening ceremony of the combined COAS First Quarter Conference and Nigerian Army Operations Retreat 2021 in Abuja.
Earlier, the Nigerian Army warned that it will take decisive action against individuals or groups attempting to compromise the territorial integrity of the country.
The warning was given by Attahiru, according to a statement issued by the army via its Facebook page.