Senate President, David Mark, has urged retired military officers in the country to step into the political arena noting that it is only by their active participation in politics that they can bring about the much desired change.
Speaking at a re-union dinner organised by Course 18th alumni of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Abuja, at the weekend, the Senate President, a retired Brigadier-General of the Nigerian Army, said rather than remain indifferent and lament certain occurrences in the land, they should get involved in bringing about change.
Mark, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Special Duties, Brigadier General BB Teteh (rtd) at the event, noted that with their experience in the academy and the armed forces, the officers, including Generals, Air-Vice Marshals and rear admirals, are more than qualified to seek for elective positions in the country.
He said participating in politics would enable them to bring their wealth of experience to bear and make the scene more proactive thereby sanitizing the polity because the armed forces were noted for discipline and organisation.
His words, “You should be interested in the political happenings in the country because there are many things that needs to be changed and you cannot change these things if you are out of politics. So you should get involved”.
In his remarks, Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika, also a course 18 participant of the NDA, expressed joy that his colleagues, who joined the force in 1975 have been able to gather together to recall the old days and fashion out how to still contribute to national development.
He said, “I am happy and overwhelmed that this event is holding. It is good to meet those that sincerely love you that you sincerely love; not just those that come close to you because of your position.”
On his part, a member of the 18th regular course and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar III, said that the re-union should consider forming an NGO adding that if the endowment is launched, he would play a very vital role.
According to the Sultan, himself a retired Brigadier General of the Nigerian Army, the funds to be realized by the endowment would used to assist the needy among members of course 18 as well as the less privileged in society.
President of the Course 18, Air Commodore Femi Oguntuyi (rtd), recalled with nostalgia that 150 of them were inducted as Cadets in NDA in 1975 but today, only 71 of them are alive noting that they were proud of the performance of one of their own, who is currently the Chief of Army Staff.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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