Why FG needs to raise retirement age of military officers – Sultan of Sokoto

Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has appealed to the federal government to review the years of service of officers and men of the Nigerian Armed forces in the interest of the nation.

According to him, experience in military operations is a valuable asset that cannot be easily jettisoned.

Abubakar stated this in Abuja, yesterday, during a dinner to mark the Re-Union of Nigerian Defence Academy Alumni, 18 Regular Course held at Army Headquarters Command Officers Mess, Asokoro, Abuja.

The monarch said: “When it comes to retirement age of officers in the armed forces, we are not doing the right thing because we need to tap more from their wealth of experience, having spent so much on them.

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“When they get to 55 to 60 they are gone. We have gone round the world, seen generals in their 60s, 65 with grey hairs. Even with our grey hairs, we are not too old to serve Nigeria.

“It is important we mobile other people to start talking to government to allow our generals to reach at least 65 years before they leave service, because government invests so much resources to train them without replacement. Let’s expand, Nigeria is so big to lose these experiences. It is important we look at this.”

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