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Army Retirees Offer To Join Forces Against Terrorism
Retired military officers of the Nigerian Armed Forces have offered to lend their support to the fight against terrorism and other similar threats to national security.
This was conveyed by a delegation of retired senior military officers led by Michael Ekwere, a retired Air Commodore, during a courtesy visit to the Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, an Air Chief Marshal.
Ekwere said the decision of the group to act as a force multiplier for the Armed Forces in the fight against insurgency in the country, is to give back to the system that has invested so much in them while in active service.
He said that the assistance programmes which they intend to embark on would allow the Army concentrate on its core functions.
The spokesman likened his group to PAE America, a private outfit of mostly retired military personnel who are appointed to head logistics and administration departments while the military was allowed to concentrate on its core functions, adding that Nigeria had a rich repository of human resources waiting to be tapped.
The retired officers also used the opportunity to congratulate the CDS on his appointment and subsequent elevation to the rank of a 4 Star General and applauded the security forces for the successes recorded in the fight against terror.
In his response, Badeh thanked the group for the visit, promising to look into the issues raised especially on their readiness to join actively in the fight against insecurity in the country.
He stressed that he was happy at the prospects that these initiatives portend for engaging retirees and making post-service life a little more rewarding.