Sultan Abubakar called for the extension of the retirement age for the armed forces said 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.
Speaking on the importance of experience in military operations, Abubakar 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. ‘‘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 .
He also added that ‘We must celebrate our military and praise them for its role in keeping peace in the North East, South Eater and South South Regions of the country. We must continue to praise and thank armed forces for what they are doing for our country because without them we wouldn’t have been where we are.
Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammad Sa’ad Abubakar called on the Federal government to look into his claims and work towards actualizing it .