Friday 22 May 2015

Army pulls 34 Generals out of service

A total of 34 infantry generals were pulled out of service on Friday at the Jaji Military Cantonment in Kaduna State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the officers comprised 20 Majors-General and 14 Brigadiers-General, who retired between 2005 and 2015.

In a valedictory speech, one of those retired, Major General Joseph Shoboiki, former Director, Training, Nigerian Army, expressed appreciation for the gesture and pledged that the retired officers would remain committed to the service of Nigeria.

Shoboiki admonished the serving military personnel to remain focused and resolute and exhibit total loyalty to constituted authorities.

"Your loyalty to the Federal Republic of Nigeria can best be given through vigilance and security consciousness. You must continue to demonstrate total commitment to your duty of defending our dear country.

"These values are essential if you must continue to uphold and discharge assigned constitutional responsibilities and sustain our nascent democracy," he said.
He expressed conviction that the military would overcome the current security challenges in the country.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Kenneth Minimah, was represented at the event by the General Officer Commanding(GOC), 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Kenneth Osuji.

He urged the retired generals to continue to support the military, saying that their departure would not create any vacuum as they were not retired on the same date.

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