Former Army Chief urges unity, perseverence in North-east

David Adekunle, Lagos

Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika

The former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika has advised officers and soldiers fighting against the insurgency in the North-east, on the need for perseverance and unity.

Lt. General Ihejirika made the statement while speaking with journalists at the grand finale of Igbo Day Celebration in Lagos.

The retired general, who was the chairman of the occasion enjoined all military men fighting in the north eastern part of the country to persevere and remain focused.

“My advice to the officers and soldiers fighting in the north east is to persevere, remain united and be focused in their task. Insurgency happens to be a form of peculiar security challenge. It is more like a conventional warfare.

But thank God we are taking proactive measures at tackling the challenge,” he said.

He also warned that the military should at no time underate the capabilities of the insurgents.

While talking on the Igbo day celebration, Ihejirika said it was a day to reflect on the past, the journey so far and build hope for the future that lies ahead.

“The egalitarian nature of the Igbo traditional society, the courage, our high premium for truth; our respect for our people and others; our penchant for hard work; most importantly, our love and dedication to our homestead, have been the defining features of Nd’igbo, handed over to us, by our progenitors.

We should take advantage of current Federal Government’s emphasis on agriculture to ensure that next Year’s Yam festivals are celebrated with yams harvested from Igbo land.

Revival of agriculture, particularly farming, will help engage our teeming unemployed youths.”

The celebration, which featured cultural displays by different groups among the indigenes, was graced by top Igbo military officials, captains of industries and Igbo men and women in diaspora.