A member of the House of Representatives has advocated the re-engagement of retired Armed Forces personnel, to assist in the fight against terrorism and other security challenges in the country.
AbdulRazak Sa’ad Namdas, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Publicity, in an interview with Voice of Nigeria in Abuja, said engaging the retired officers and men of the armed forces would assist in the war against insurgency ravaging the North Eastern part of the country.
Mr. Namdas argued that “if the Civilian Joint Task Force personnel, using local weapons would be engaged in the fight against the insurgent Boko Haram in the North East, retired armed forces personnel are more qualified to handle the situation given the training they had.”
He said re-engaging the ex-service men would go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the retired personnel, reduce poverty among the populace as well as enhance security across the country.
“I was so glad when I saw that some retired Army Generals were called upon to give some necessary technical know-how to combat Boko Haram, I was very excited. That should be upheld,” Namdas stressed.
Mr. Namdas, however, commended the retired personnel and the departed for their enormous contribution to the development of the country, urging Nigerians to assist the retired officers.
He said:“We should always celebrate them as heroes; those who have fallen have fallen but have contributed to national development. Essentially some of them have left their love ones; therefore, their entitlement should be paid.”
Armed Forces and Remembrance Day is being celebrated every 15th of January, to eulogize the gallantry of the officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces who paid the supreme sacrifice in maintaining peace in the country, Africa and the World.