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By: Ade Adeleke
Military veterans have been described as critical partners in guaranteeing national security that is required for enduring democratic governance in the country.
The National President of the Retired Army, Navy and Airforce Officers’ Association (RANAO), Retired Major General Alexander Mshelbwala, gave this indication at the ongoing 32nd National Annual General Meeting of the association holding at Owena Barracks in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
According to Major General Mshelbwala, RANAO members have the competent, intellectual capacity and experience to assist government in facilitating national growth and protection of lives and property.
The Ondo state Chairman of RANAO, Major Abayomi Olawoyin called on the State government to assist the association with logistics in meeting the needs of military veterans.
Declaring open the general meeting, the Commander, Thirty-two Artillery Brigade, Brigadier General Zakari Abubakar, pledged the support of the Nigerian Armed Forces to retired officers to compensate for their services for the nation.
In a Lecture titled “the role of military veterans in a Democratic setting: the relevance of RANAO Association”, retired Major General Akande Adewoye urged the federal government to put in place necessary measures that would enable military veterans to contribute to national security in even in retirement.