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Army bids farewell to 113 Generals, acknowledging their noble service

Defense Minister Commends Military's Role in Democracy as Retiring Officers Reflect on Dedicated Service

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In a significant moment for the Nigerian Army, 113 generals bid farewell to their military service during a Regimental Dinner Night held in Abuja on Tuesday. The retiring officers, including one general, one lieutenant general, 67 major generals, and 44 brigadier generals, were honored for their dedicated contributions to the nation’s security.

The Minister of Defence, Mohammed Abubakar, took the opportunity to commend the Nigerian Army for its steadfast support of democracy in the country. Speaking at the dinner, Abubakar highlighted how the army’s commitment had set a shining example in the West African region and beyond. He urged other military services in the region to draw inspiration from the Nigerian Army’s dedication to democratic principles.

In a statement released by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, the minister emphasized the importance of the Armed Forces remaining loyal to the constitution and continuing to support the development of democracy. Abubakar noted that the Armed Forces’ disposition towards democracy had elevated Nigeria’s standing in West Africa and positioned it as an influencer in the global community.

The occasion, characterized by reflection and commendation, provided an opportunity for the Nigerian Army to celebrate the retiring senior officers and their profound dedication to service. The minister assured the retired officers of the Federal Government’s commitment to improving the well-being of both serving and retired military personnel.

Expressing gratitude, Abubakar hailed the retiring officers for their sacrifices and unwavering commitment to the nation’s stability. He reassured them of prompt pension payments, acknowledging their meritorious service to the country.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, expressed gratitude to President Bola Tinubu, the National Assembly, and the defense minister for their unwavering support of the Nigerian Army. Lagbaja reaffirmed the unalloyed loyalty of the Nigerian Army to the President and the nation, emphasizing their commitment to defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria. He advised the retired senior officers to appreciate both God and the Nigerian Army for a successful journey in the noble profession of arms, reaching the point of meritorious disengagement from active service

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