Retired Maj.- Gen. Emmanuel Bassey has called on the Nigerian Army to carefully document its experiences in the ongoing operations in the North-East with a view to improving on its overall combat efficiency.
Bassey, who was the reviewing officer at the pulling out ceremony of 31 retired senior Army officers on Friday in Abuja, made the call in a Valedictory address on behalf of the retired officers.
“Combat operation methods and logistics must be reviewed amongst others to enhance combat readiness and efficiency.
“There is indeed no substitute to sound professionalism in the conduct of your duties, no matter its nature or degree of importance.
“The current security challenge that the Nigerian Army currently faces comes to mind as we retired officers follow the trend of events that affect our constituency-the military.
“It is heart-warming, however, to note that very significant progress has been made in the fight against terrorism.
“The army must therefore sustain the current momentum and put this difficult moment of our national history behind us,” he said.
Bassey commended the Chief of Army Staff and all personnel of the Army for the accomplishment and assured them of the retired officers’ support, always.
He urged the officers to remain loyal and to be extra vigilant always, adding that they must demonstrate total commitment to their duty to the nation, irrespective of the circumstances.
Bassey said the retired officers should consider themselves fortunate to have retired from the service with sound health.
On his part, the representative of the Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Ugo Buzugbe, said retirement was a process in the army and as officers were commissioned one day, they would also retire one day.
Buzugbe, who is the Chief of Policy and Plans of the Nigerian Army, said the ceremony was to honour some of their colleagues who were retiring after serving meritoriously.


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