JUST IN; Why we are partnering retired officers in fighting insecurity – CDS

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor has stated that it is very important for some serving Military officers to draw experience from retired ones in an attempt to secure the nation from the grip of terrorism and insurgents, and that the only way to achieve such is through partnership.

CRIMECHANNELS gathered that Iabor made the disclosure in a statement on Thursday, June 24, during an interactive session with retired senior military officers from the South-west zone, held at the 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Odogbo, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Irabor, who praised the retired soldiers for playing their part to defend the country while in service, maintained that the country still needs their wealth of experience garnered to save it from the security challenges.

He said, “I believe that you and I are sold out to bring about unity and faith, and ensure that peace and progress of our nation remain on course. I said you and I are sold out because patriotism is required for us to keep the country safe”.

“As members of the armed forces, we know that our constitutional responsibility lies in the defence of the territorial integrity of our nation. By the virtue of the additional provision of Section 217 of our constitution, we are to give support to the civil authorities.”

“What we find today as part of our state challenges is that we realise that the territorial integrity of our nation is being challenged mostly from internal factors. These factors also have external inputs.”

“We believe that if we engage with you and other stakeholders, we will be able to find solutions to them. From the wealth of experience that you have and from the knowledge that you acquired over the years, we believe there is no other cross-section of Nigerians that we should be engaged with than you. In our assessment, you are most qualified, you are most knowledgeable on the issues of security.”

“Because you are most qualified, we believe that you have what it takes to be our mouthpieces, “he said.

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