“Politicians cautioned against exploiting the military for political gain,” former Chief of Defence Staff Irabor advises

Former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Lucky Irabor has issued a stern warning to politicians, urging them not to engage in political gamesmanship with the military.

He emphasized the strong sense of unity and camaraderie that permeates the armed forces, surpassing that found in any other sector.

General Irabor conveyed this cautionary message during a reception organized by the Defence Headquarters following his retirement from service.

He highlighted the exceptional bond and solidarity shared by military personnel, which distinguishes them from any other group.

The retired CDS characterized the military as an institution encompassing individuals hailing from all 774 Local Government Areas across the nation.

He elucidated that the military functions as a tightly-knit family, dispelling misconceptions about undisclosed injections or treatments.

General Irabor clarified that the “injection” being referred to is actually the rigorous training and unwavering discipline that shape the members of the armed forces.

“They also claimed that our organization operates like a cult, but I want to clarify that while our processes may resemble those of a cult, there is nothing inherently wrong with it. In fact, I would argue that we are part of a positive and beneficial community.

“When I was a cadet in the training establishment, the program initially lasted three years. However, it was later extended to five years, requiring an additional two years of commitment.

“During the three-year program, new admissions took place every six months. However, with the extension to five years, admissions occurred once a year.

“Completing a three-year program meant that you would have interacted with five batches of seniors and five batches of juniors. This constant cycle of interaction created a unique bond that is difficult to replicate elsewhere, leading some to perceive it as a cult-like experience.

“The values and traditions we uphold are passed down from one generation to the next. This continuity fosters a sense of brotherhood among us, which becomes even more apparent when we transition to fieldwork,” he explained.

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By Chinedu

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