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‘Consider joining politics’- Badaru woos 113 retired Army Generals

The Minister of Defence, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru, has urged retired Generals of the Nigerian Army to join politics to bring the discipline and love for the country associated with their profession into the government.

Badaru spoke at the regimental dinner and awards organised by the Nigerian Army on Tuesday for the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, retired Gen. lucky Irabor, former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya and Ex-Chief of Defence Intelligence retired Maj.-Gen. Samuel Adebayo and 110 other retired generals to honour them for their 35 years of meritorious service to the nation.

The Minister said the occasion was to reflect on the extraordinary services and profound dedication demonstrated by the generals.

He also urged the generals to consider joining politics, to bring discipline and love of the country to the system.

Badaru said their experiences and skills, as well as integrity, discipline, dedication, loyalty and respect for diversity, would guide them in their future endeavours.

He said the generals had led their troops with courage, wisdom and determination, and devoted themselves to the protection and defence of the nation.

Badaru added that they relentlessly pursued excellence and demonstrated an unwavering commitment to duty, selfless sacrifice and astute leadership, leaving indelible mark on the armed forces and the nation.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), LT.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja said the regimental dinner was to appreciate the retired senior officers for their services to the Nigerian army.

Lagbaja congratulated them for getting to the point of disengaging from service in a meritorious manner.

He also thanked them for their services to the nation and wished them a rewarding retirement life.

Earlier, the Chief of Administration (Army), Maj.-Gen. Jimmy Akpor, said the event was organised to pay tribute and express gratitude to the generals for dedicating their lives to the service of the nation.

Akpor said the dinner and award ceremony was initiated by previous leaderships of the Nigerian army to accord officers memorable exit from the service.

“We are here to celebrate 113 generals of the Nigerian army who retired this year and those retiring by the end of the year.

“We have one full General, one Lieutenant General, 67 Major Generals and 44 Brigadier Generals who are to be honoured today,” he said.

Delivering the vote of thanks on behalf of the retired generals, Maj.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu thanked the COAS for the honour accorded them.

Ezugwu assured that they would remain good ambassadors of the Nigerian army even in retirement. (NAN) (