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CDS conducts security talks in the South East



CDS conducts security talks in the South East

By Sumaila Ogbaje

The Chief of the Defense Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, assured the South East of his commitment to improving the security situation in the region.

Irabor gave the assurance to Owerri on Thursday while interacting with retired senior officers from the Southeast Zone.

Deputy Defense Intelligence Director Air Commodore Wap Maigida revealed this in a statement he released in Abuja.

The CDS said the military was at the forefront of tackling the various security threats facing the country, noting that the police and other security agencies were working synergistically to address the threats.

He said the current unrest in the southeast had made the security situation in the area peculiar, adding that many of those supporting such unrest had a poor understanding of the realities on the ground.

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

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

Irabor congratulated the elderly for their participation, adding that they remain reliable partners in establishing peace and stability in the country.

He urged veterans to remain loyal, as demonstrated during their patriotic service in the military, claiming that retired and serving military personnel are completely sold on unity and faith, peace and the progress of the country.

“Among the various stakeholders, retired senior officers are those most interested in the defense and national security matrix,” he said.

The Chief of Defense, Civil-Military Cooperation (CDCMIC), Rear Admiral Fredrick Ogu, said the contribution of retired senior officers was relevant in providing viable and lasting solutions to the prevailing security in the region.

Ogu said the first and second edition of the CDS’s interaction with retired high-ranking military personnel detained in the southwest and northwest regions would be replicated in the remaining geopolitical areas and the CTF.

The Commanding General Officer (GOS), 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Major-General. Taofeek Lagbaja, said the forum will further shape and strengthen the military’s collective efforts to address new security challenges in the Southeast.

Lagbaja said the army and other security agencies continued to enjoy unprecedented support and goodwill from the population. (NAA)

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