On Tuesday, a farewell ceremony marked the departure of 113 Generals of the Nigerian Army, including one General, one Lieutenant General, 67 Major Generals and 44 Brigadier Generals.
Speaking at the Regimental Dinner Night organized in honor of the newly retired and outgoing senior officers of the Nigerian Army in Abuja, the Minister of Defence, Abubakar Badaru, commended the Nigerian Army for its contribution to the growth of democracy in the country.
Badaru acknowledged that this achievement has positioned the military as a shining example in the West African region and beyond. He encouraged other services in the region to emulate the army's efforts.
According to a statement Wednesday by Army Public Relations Director Brig. General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Minister, urged the military to uphold loyalty to the Constitution and continue to support the development of democracy in Nigeria.
The statement read in part: “The Minister has charged members of the Armed Forces to remain loyal and sustain the culture of supporting democracy in Nigeria and across shores.
“He added that the armed forces' attitude towards democracy had made it a shining example in West Africa and an influencer in the community of nations.
“The Minister noted that the occasion afforded the Nigerian Army an opportunity to reflect on its service and depth of commitment as evidenced by the retired and retiring senior officers.
“He noted that the Federal Government will continue to do everything within its power to improve the welfare of serving and retired personnel.”
Badaru expressed his admiration for the retired and retiring officers of the Nigerian Army and recognized their sacrifices and steadfast commitment to the stability of the country.
He assured the timely payment of their pensions.
Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff, expressed his gratitude to President Bola Tinubu, the National Assembly and the Minister of Defense for their continued support to the Nigerian Army.
Lagbaja reiterated the unwavering loyalty of the Nigerian Army to the President and the nation in the discharge of its constitutional duties to defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria.
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He advised the retired senior officers to express gratitude to God and the Nigerian Army for a successful career in the noble profession of gun ownership, reaching the point of meritorious retirement from active service.