From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos
Officials of Nigerian Legion across the nation’s 35 states and Federal Capital Territory, have converged in Jos, Plateau state for a 3-Day retreat on security challenges of the nation and welfare of members.
The retreat, which is being held at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Jos Campus, was being tailored by Major Gabriel Ado’fikwu (Rtd), the Coordination Consultant.
Ado’fikwu, who is also a member, explained that that retreat was meant to discuss some of the security challenges of the nation and see how they could assist in their own small way.
He said that theme of the retreat: “Harmonizing and aligning the Nigeria Legion activities for more Effective Role Play,’’ was deliberate and envisioned.
“We also look at the retreat as an opportunity of us to keep Legion’s leadership across the states abreast of its vision and mission for more results, ’’ he stated.
Maj. Gen. Linus Bulus (rtd), immediate past Army Director, Chaplain of Protestants, who gave the first talk commended the Military for containing the activities of the insurgents in the country.
He stated that the military veterans were still contributing to the peace keeping of the nation as they offer tremendous assistance to security operatives in their respective communities and states in curbing and addressing security challenges.
“It’s a known fact that the combine team of the Army, the Navy and Air force that are keeping the security and territorial integrity of the Nigerian nation in the face of threats from Boko Haram, IPOB and Niger Delta Militants among others.
“ Some of us, who have retired are still being called back assist because of our past experiences and knowledge. What is expected is for the government to recognize their roles and honour them.
“The veterans have played significant roles in securing the safety and peace of the nation while in service and we are still playing the same roles even in retirements, ’’ he said.
The retired general decried the attitudes of politicians, whom he claimed don’t give close attention to the welfare of citizens of the country especially veterans who have served the nation well.
According to him, “we are proud of what we have done and still doing for the nation. All that is expected is for the government to honour all veterans, which will be an encouragement to us to do more for dear nation.’’
The resource person noted that the military efforts at containing the excesses of Boko Haram within the North East zone, has kept the nation saved and peaceful.