BY NONYE EKWENUGO
Against the backdrop of insecurity bedevilling the country especially in the northern region, the Chief of Defence Staff General Leo Irabor has on Monday engaged the ex-service men in the Northwest zone.
General Irabor engaged the ex-service men during an interactive session with Senior and Junior military personnel in the northwest in Kaduna.
“We believed engaging you will enable us to hear in full measure of what these issues are. We are more convinced that you stand a better chances to do this because you and I are committed to the peace and unity of our dear country”.
He told them to reawaken the patriotic zeal to support the Armed Forces in tackling insecurity.
“The patriotic zeal that you have always shown most especially now that you are out of service, giving the rich experiences that each of you have”.
“You have been in uniform and now out of uniform. You have ears and eyes both as military and as civil. Your understanding is deeper than some in the service may have”.
” Everyone is looking at you because they believed that you have a magic round as a military man. There is no excuse for many of us. We still see you as part of us even though you have retired and this is why this interactive session is very critical.”
“Please be open and for you who live in the Northwest geopolitical zone, it is even more profound because 1 Division is the premier division of the Nigerian Army. Beyond that, all our critical establishment and installations are within the zone”.
Irabor said, ” the mirage of insecurity across the country and in the Northwest zone in particular is such that it beyond the conventional military”.
Also speaking, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Division, Major General Danjuma Alli-Keffi lamented that Kaduna and Niger States have recorded disturbing levels of attacks in vulnerable communities and schools.
Represented by the Commander, 51 Signal Brigade, Brigadier General Adeleke Ayannuga, the GOC said” I must tell you that our efforts at 1 Division to confront this threat has beginning to yield result “.
“We will continue with this trend and leave no stone unturned until Nigerians are able to go about their legitimate businesses without fear of intimidation. All these have been made possible through fruitful collaboration with sister security agencies and other organisations”.