Abuja - 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.
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"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’
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.
"Going down memory lane, you will recollect that some of
our colleagues paid the supreme sacrifice along the line under various
circumstances, all in the service of our dear nation.
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.
"In the army it is a thing of pride to have joined the
army, serve in the army and retire meritoriously in sound health.
"Service in the military is service to humanity because it
is only the profession that you pay the supreme price.
"As long as we have conflict that will demand the military
involved , we are ready to pay the supreme price as that is what service
in the army is all about.
It is reported that 17 Majors
General and 14 Brigadiers General were honoured at the ceremony.