Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase has said retirement from service is not a death sentence.
Instead, the IGP said retirement is a period of living a life of peace, happiness, wisdom and broad opportunities.
IGP Arase stated this in Abuja while giving a farewell message to retired Deputy Inspectors General David Oluwafemi Omojola, Hilary N. Opara, Adeola Adeleke Adeniji and an Assistant Inspector General, Felix O. Uyanna.
The police chief stated: “A usually unspoken component of retirement is the anxiety of the future. This dear colleagues, is a natural reality. However, having served diligently, upheld self-discipline, built a strong social network beyond the policing space, and planned diligently. I have no doubt that the gentlemen officers exiting the force today will be retiring to a world of happiness and fulfillment beyond their imagination. For they have sown in service and can only reap bountifully in retirement.
“There is life after retirement. A life of peace, happiness, wisdom and broad opportunities which the rich experience you have garnered in your 35 years of service can avail the wider society in a rewarding manner. Retirement is a time to rest, and commit your lives to God Almighty for protecting you and sparing your lives in the long stretch of your service in a policing calling that is laced with apparent risks and in which some of our closest colleagues paid the supreme sacrifice.”
Arase said a day like this naturally elicits deep emotions as well as a high sense of professional pride.
“The emotional reaction results from the reality that on this day, our colleagues who represent some of the finest set of senior officers and with whom we rose through the ranks, withered the storm of policing, shared the passion for the police profession, developed strategies targeted at enhancing the fortunes of the police institution and clinked glasses at the officers’ mess as we wine-out the stress of our professional calling will be taking a bow out of our beloved police family.
“Beyond this, however, there is an element of professional pride in the exit of these fine officers from the police organisation they dedicated the most valuable part of their lives to serving. The pride stems from the reality that they could look back at their career, chest out, raise their heads and in a commanding voice, shout to the world that they came into the force, saw, conquered and exited fulfilled that they have served their beloved fatherland meritoriously enough to deserve the honour they are being bestowed by their colleagues today.
“So dear retiring colleagues, rather than being apprehensive, march out of the force with confidence that your are marching faster into a greener lawn, a wide field of opportunities that will bring you happiness beyond your imagination. But in exiting, remember that, we your colleagues whom you are leaving behind hold you dear and will yearn to continually tap into your invaluable wealth of professional experience.”
Similarly, chairman of the Police Service Commission, PSC, and a former IGP Mike Okiro said retirement was a period to go and give back to the society.
Okiro, however, advised the retiring officers not to forget the police force, urging them to see it as their primary constituency.