Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Leo Irabor, on Wednesday met with retired senior military officers in the North Central Zone at Makurdi, Benue State, saying the military needs their experience and support to make significant impact in peace building especially the war against terrorism, banditry and other crimes.
Stating that the Armed Forces of Nigeria has the capacity to tackle any form of insecurity, General Irabor urged the retired officers not to consider themselves as retired military personnel, rather consider themselves as being in active service.
Irabor said, “To make significant impact in ensuring that peace takes preeminence in the country, we need to fall back on the retired military officers. This is because they also live among the people thereby having a lot to offer regarding security issues.
“Once a military officer you remain a military officer for life whether serving or retired. The motto of the country which is Unity, Peace and Faith is what we swore to defend and we are committed to it,” he added.
On his part, the Chief of Defence Civil Military Corporation (CDCIMIC), Rear Admiral Frederick Ogu, explained that the interaction with the retired officers was necessitated by the current insecurity in the country.
He said, “We have to tap from their adequate trainings, experience and years of service. They have the capacity to think logically in identifying the security challenges and proffer solutions.
“The security situation required that all hands must be on deck to nip it in the bud.”
Earlier, the Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Tactical Air Command, AVM Idi Lubo, in his address expressed confidence that something tangible would come out of the deliberations at the end of the day.