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CDS tasks Veterans on selfless service to the nation

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin has called on the retirees of the armed forces to contribute meaningfully to the security challenges facing the nation.

General Olanisakin made the remark at a three-day retreat on the Unification of Veterans Association in Nigeria, at the Army Resource Centre Abuja.

He explained that veterans could play a role in the efforts to “checkmate various divisive tendencies that threaten the nation’s corporate existence.”

General Abayomi Olanisokin charged the retreat to come up with an ad hoc committee to begin the unification process and establishment of the “Veterans Association of Nigeria.’’ Photo: Abdullahi Lamino (Radio Nigeria)

The Chief of Defence staff noted that Nigerian Armed forces remained a critical institution not only for the defence of the territorial integrity from external aggression but also to serve as a vanguard of unity, hence the need to unify the veterans association to checkmate the various divisive tendencies.

General Olanisakin commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his unwavering support and motivation for the veterans, serves as a motivation for productivity toward nation-building.

Earlier, the Director of Veteran Affairs Division Maj.-Gen. Lawal Abdullahi stressed the need for a unified veterans association to speak with one voice to achieve unity of purpose.

General Abdullahi said that such unity was more imperative for Nigeria now more than ever before.

The National Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Brigadier General Adekunle Jonah reiterated their commitment to the military said the it would be available whenever their services was needed toward national development.

Abdullahi Lamino

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