Details Emerge as 29 Army Generals Retire, Offer Strategy to End Banditry

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A total of 29 generals of the Infantry Corps of the Nigerian Army have retired from active military service, offering words of wisdom and strategic advice to their successors on how to combat the growing threat of banditry and terrorism.

The retired officers, including 19 major generals and 10 brigadiers general, pulled out of active service at the Jaji Military Cantonment in Kaduna State on Friday, May 10.

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Major General Victor Ezugwu, speaking on behalf of the retirees, emphasized the need for the proposed establishment of army aviation and improvement of the night fighting capabilities of the army infantry corps to successfully end the war against terrorism and banditry.

Ezugwu urged serving officers and soldiers to be proactive and stay ahead of their enemies in all aspects of combat scenarios, as the threats to Nigeria’s sovereignty are becoming increasingly asymmetric in time and space. He also advised their successors to sustain and surpass the achievements made by the retiring officers.

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The retired general emphasized the importance of the Infantry Corps, saying, “The frontline is expanding, and the Nigerian Army is becoming increasingly committed, with the eyes of the nation and the world on it. Our Infantry Corps must therefore not relent or rest on her oars, as the entire Nigerian Army depends largely on the Infantry Corps to achieve its core mandate and mission.

Ezugwu offered specific advice to the Infantry Corps, including reviewing tactical and operational strategies, strengthening basic field crafts training, and improving night fighting capabilities, frontline intelligence gathering, and battle drills.

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Ejes Gist News reports that the retirement of these 29 experienced generals marks a significant transition in the Nigerian Army’s leadership, and their words of wisdom and strategic advice will undoubtedly be invaluable in shaping the military’s approach to combating the growing threats of banditry and terrorism.

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