The Nigerian Army Ordinance Corps on Friday in Lagos pulled out of service 11 generals, comprising eight Major-Generals and 3 Brigadier-Generals, who retired between 2013 and 2015.
Major-General Mahmood Yerima, former Chief of Training and Operations, Defence Headquarters, in a valedictory speech on behalf of the retired officers, expressed appreciation for the gesture.
Yerima, who admonished serving military personnel to continue to be loyal and be extra-vigilant, pledged that the retired officers would continue to keep the Nigerian flag high.
He said: “Your loyalty to the Federal Republic of Nigeria can best be given through vigilance and security consciousness.
“You must continue to demonstrate total commitment to your duty to the nation, just as you have exemplified in your recent successes in the fight against terrorism in the north-east.
“The Nigerian people, especially the retirees are expecting a lot from you in the face of the current insurgency.
“Your secondary role is to assist the government in ensuring internal peace and your involvement in internal security duties demand all of you to be non-partisan.’’
In his brief remark,the Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Tukur Buratai, represented by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division, Major-General Tamunomiebi Dibi, wished the retired generals well in their post service years.
The retired Major-Generals are Mahmood Yerima, Abiodun Amao, Olayemi Abidoye, Boniface Azurunwa, Adekunle Martins, Christian Ugwu, Bode Ogini and Mashudy Adekanye, while the Brigadier-Generals are Mohammed Kachallah, Godfrey Nwafor and Gabriel Oladipo.