War veteran seeks role for ex-soldiers in fight against Boko Haram

A veteran of the Nigerian civil war, Dada Adekunle, on Monday called on the Federal Government to employ the services of war veterans in the Nigerian Legion in the fight against Boko Haram.

The retired Sergeant, who is an official of the Legion in Ogun State, stated this at the Press Centre, Abeokuta. He also expressed the Legion’s displeasure with the unresolved insecurity in the country.

“We are not happy with the insecurity in the country. We are ready to assist the federal government to fight Boko Haram and other security challenges. We fought during the civil war under Olusegun Obasanjo, and we were successful; we can still do same in combating Boko Haram and other security challenges if federal government calls on us,” he declared.

The 68 year old ex-soldier boasted, “We are retired and not tired.”

He said the security challenges facing Nigeria was a disgrace to the nation known as the giant of Africa.
He lamented that the present crop of soldiers in the country today was more interested in the social aspect of life, as well as monetary gains, at the expense of the nation’ sovereignty, hence the security lapses and loopholes.

“In our days as serving soldiers, we were happy fighting for our country. We faced death, and we were not scared. We participated in Lebanon Peace Keeping between 1965 and 1967. We are still capable of doing same here in Nigeria. Let the federal government invite us; we are readily available to fight the security challenges.”


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