The Nation (Nigeria)
CDS meets with ex-military officers
CHIEF of Defence Staff Gen. Lucky Irabor yesterday held talks with retired military officers from the Northwest.
The meeting was part of efforts to make the approach to ending insecurity more inclusive.
According to Gen. Irabor, ex-servicemen stood a better chance to appreciate the challenges because of their wide contacts and interactions with members of the society.
The CDS also expressed the hope that the engagement would result in having a better security environment where every life and property would be protected.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Maj-gen Danjuma Ali-keffi, noted that Nigerians had been passing through challenging times, especially those vested with the responsibility of defence and security.
The GOC, who was represented by Briggen Adeleke Ayennuga, Commander, 51 Signal Brigade, said Kaduna and Niger states in particular, had recorded disturbing levels of attacks and kidnapping in communities and schools.
He said that the Division’s efforts in confronting those threats, were beginning to yield the desired results by significantly degrading the bandits and facilitating the return of civilians to previously abandoned communities.
The GOC assured that no stone would be left unturned until Nigerians were able to go about their legitimate businesses without fear of intimidation.
Maj.-gen. Ali-keffi attributed successes achieved so far to fruitful collaboration with sister security agencies.
He commended the CDS and other service chiefs for their relentless efforts and giving the required support to the troops.
The GOC also commended the retired military officers for their zeal in providing valuable information and tips to the Division, which had aided its operations.