General Lucky Irabor, a former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), has urged politicians not to play politics with the military, which enjoys cohesiveness and bonding not found in other sectors.
Irabor issued the warning during a ceremony hosted by the Defence Headquarters following his retirement from duty on Friday in Abuja.
According to our sources, the immediate CDS stated that the friendship and solidarity found inside the military forces could not be found anyplace else.
Irabor defined the military as an institution with representatives from all 774 Local Government Areas in the country.
“For those who don’t know, the military is a family, and I’ve answered a lot of questions about why we were given an injection.”
“What exactly is that injection?” There will be no injection. Training and discipline are the injections.
“They also said we operate like a cult, the process alone; there’s nothing wrong with saying we’re in a cult, but it’s a good cult.”
“When I was a cadet, we spent three years in the training establishment, but two years later, it became a five-year program.”
“When it was three years, admission was every six months; when it was five years, admission was once a year.”
“If you complete a three-year program, you will have five sets of your senior and five sets of your junior.”
“You can’t find the bonding that comes with it anywhere else, which is why you think it’s a cult.”
“The values and traditions are passed down from generation to generation, and when you get to the field, you see yourselves as brothers,” he explained.