The Nigerian Army has pledged to work with retired senior military officers to find methods to improve and overcome the country’s security concerns.
While speaking at a one-day interactive session with retired senior military officers from the North-East zone held at the 23 Armoured Brigade in Yola on Tuesday, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Leo Iraboh, explained that the goal of the parley was to engage retired senior colleagues to cross to exchange ideas on how to overcome the country’s insecurity situation best.
“It is one of the reasons I am here with my team: to interact with our retired senior colleagues, to look for holistic ideas about how to end the region’s insecurity challenges,” he continued.
The Chief of Defence Staff believed that as they interacted and engaged with the retired senior military officers, they would be willing to open up to them in areas that would improve security and inform them where they had made mistakes so that they could remedy them.
Gen. Leo Iraboh noted that one of the parley’s main goals was to come up with answers, stating that security is everyone’s concern.
He saw the one-day meeting as an opportunity to reach out to the good people of the northeast area, thank them for their support for the Nigerian military, and ask them to contribute more to the peacekeeping effort.
Iraboh believes that the people of the northeast hold the key to resolving the region’s persistent security issues.
He believed that the solution to the North-East problem would mostly rely on the contributions of persons from the region.
The Chief of Defence Staff also believes that security in the region and Nigeria will improve in the coming days.
In response to the recent attack on the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna, Irabor remarked that the act was more akin to an armed robbery than banditry.
Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Alli, GOC, 3 Division, had earlier stated that one of the most important aspects of the interactive session was the opportunity to meet with men of proven integrity and experience from the region to discuss the best way forward for the security situation.
He stated that no one is satisfied with the current scenario and that the interactive session will allow them to look at each other and discuss the specific difficulties.
He continued, “Because we believe there are difficulties that we have not actually viewed in the manner you view it.”
He claimed that the retired military officers, as individuals of proven integrity and expertise, have the ambition and determination to turn around the fortunes of the zone and make everyone happy.
Brig.-Gen. Aminu Garba, Commander, 23 Armoured Brigade, Yola, represented Alli.