By Sumaila Ogbaje
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, has urged retired military officers and veterans to be drivers of peace, unity and progress within their neighbourhood.
Irabor made call at a one-day security parley with retired senior military officers in the Southwest on Thursday in Ibadan.
The Deputy Director, Defence Information, Air Commodore Wap Maigida, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
The CDS said that military veterans could become the mouthpiece of the military by undertaking in security enlightenment and sensitisation in their domains considering their vast knowledge in defence and security matters.
He said that the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) intended to leverage on the security meeting to boost the ongoing military operations.
Irabor added that both serving and retired personnel were sold-out to the cause of unity, faith, peace and progress of the nation.
In his remarks, the Chief of Defence Civil Military Cooperation (CDCMIC), Rear Adm. Fredrick Ogu, said the participants were expected to bring some salient issues to the attention of the Defence Headquarters as well as proffer solutions.
Ogu said that the Southwest interactive meeting was being held in Ibadan due to the cosmopolitan nature of the city and Lagos, both experiencing series of emerging security threats.
He said that the meeting was also designed to deliberate on the various security challenges confronting the Southwest.
According to him, the security parley would be replicated in the other five geo-political zones at selected state capitals and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The General Officer Commanding, 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Gold Chibuisi, said that the security parley was apt and timely given the emerging security threats being experienced in Ibadan and its environs in recent months. (NAN)