A total of 34 infantry generals were pulled out of service on Friday at the Jaji Military Cantonment in Kaduna State.
NAN reports that the officers comprised 20 Majors-General and 14 Brigadiers-General, who retired between 2005 and 2015.
In a valedictory speech, retired Major General Joseph Shoboiki, former Director, Training, Nigerian Army, expressed appreciation for the gesture and pledged that the retired officers would remain committed to the service of Nigeria.
Shoboiki admonished the serving military personnel to remain focused and resolute, and exhibit total loyalty to the constituted authorities.
“Your loyalty to the Federal Republic of Nigeria can best be given through vigilance and security consciousness.
“You must continue to demonstrate total commitment to your duty of defending our dear country.
“These values are essential if you must continue to uphold and discharge assigned constitutional responsibilities and sustain our nascent democracy,” he said.
He expressed conviction that the Nigerian military would overcome the current security challenges in the country.
NAN reports that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General, Kenneth Minima was represented at the event by the General Officer Commanding(GOC), 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Kenneth Osuji.
He urged the retired generals to continue to support the military, saying that their departure would not create any vacuum as they were not retired on the same date.