The Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, on Thursday in Abuja said that military veterans can still contribute meaningfully to national security and development. Olonisakin also said that the retirees could play a role in the efforts to “checkmate various divisive tendencies that constantly threaten’’ the nation’s corporate existence.
Olonisakin, who made the remark at the opening of a two-day retreat on “Unification of Veteran Associations in Nigeria,’’ however, said that the retirees could only do this under a unified association. The retreat was part of efforts aimed at creating a “Veteran Federation of Nigeria,’’ a single retiree’s platform through which they can contribute to nation-building.
Olonisakin noted that the “proliferation of veteran associations have not yielded desired results hence the need to explore a platform’’ that could unify such associations. He said, “The Armed Forces of any nation remain a critical institution not only for the defence of territorial integrity from internal and external aggression but also serves as a vanguard of unity. “Such unity is more imperative for Nigeria now more than ever before.
“Consequently, it has become necessary to explore all avenues to checkmate the various divisive tendencies that constantly threaten our corporate existence.