CDS takes security parley to South-East



The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, has assured South-Easterners  of his commitment to the security situation in the region.

Irabor gave the assurance on Thursday in Owerri while interacting with retired senior military officers from the Southeast zone.

The Deputy Director, Defence Information, Air Commodore Wap Maigida, disclosed this in a statement he issued in Abuja.

The CDS said the military at the forefront of redressing various security threats the country, pointing out police and other security agencies were working in synergy to redress the threats.

He said current agitations in the southeast had made the security situation in the zone a peculiar one, adding that a good number of those in support of such agitations had wrong understanding of the realities on ground.

According to him, the engagements of the military veterans in the region is useful, given their privileged and distinct positions.

He said they could bring greater understanding to stakeholders in the region and disabuse the misconceptions and perceptions of the agitators.

Irabor commended the senior citizens for the turnout, adding that they remained dependable partners in establishing peace and stability in the country.

He urged the veterans to remain loyal as demonstrated during their patriotic service in the military, saying that both retired and serving military personnel were completely sold-out to the unity and faith, peace and progress of the country.

“Among the various stakeholders, the retired senior military officers have the greatest interest within the matrix of defence and national security,” he said.

The Chief of Defence, Civil-Military Cooperation (CDCMIC), Rear Adm. Fredrick Ogu, said the input of the retired senior officers germane in proffering lasting workable solutions to prevailing security the region.

Ogu said the first and second edition of the CDS interaction with retired senior military held in the Southwest and Northwest regions would be replicated in the remaining geopolitical and the FCT.

The General Officer Commanding (GOS), 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Taofeek Lagbaja, said the forum would further shape and enhance the collective of the military at responding to the emerging security challenges in the Southeast.

Lagbaja said military and other security agencies had continued to enjoy unparalleled support and goodwill of the people. (NAN)