The Nigerian Army on Friday held the traditional “pull out” ceremony for 34 infantry generals who retired between 2005 and 2015.
Twenty former Majors-General and 14 Brigadiers-General took part in the event held at the Jaji Military Cantonment in Kaduna State.
In a speech, Joseph Shoboiki, a retired Major General, and former Director, Training, Nigerian Army, pledged that the retired officers would remain committed to the service of Nigeria.
Mr. Shoboiki admonished the serving military personnel to remain focused and resolute, and exhibit total loyalty to the constituted authorities.
“Your loyalty to the Federal Republic of Nigeria can best be given through vigilance and security consciousness,” he said. “You must continue to demonstrate total commitment to your duty of defending our dear country.”
“These values are essential if you must continue to uphold and discharge assigned constitutional responsibilities and sustain our nascent democracy,” Mr. Shoboiki said.
He said he was convinced that the Nigerian military would overcome the current security challenges in the country.
The Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minima, a Lieutenant General, was represented at the event by the General Officer Commanding, 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Kenneth Osuji.