Retired Officers who Endorsed Buhari are on their Own - Says Gen. Williams (rtd.)


A one-time head, Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Major-General Ishola Williams (rtd), has said that the 71 retired officers who recently endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in office, were on their own.


Reacting to the endorsement, Williams said the 71 officers represented themselves and not the association of former military officers known as Retired Army Navy Air Force Officers Association (RANAO).

“They are on their own, they did not represent me for example. In addition to that, there are over 200 retired officers in the country or more. They cannot claim that they represent those generals. 71 of them represented themselves.

“The Retired Army Navy Air Force Officers Association (RANAO) exists. RANAO did not go to Aso Villa. You can see that they are on their own really,” he told New Telegraph.

Continuing, he said: “They have a choice to play politics. There are some of them who are in government and serving as ministers. Those of them in politics belong to one party or the other and loyal to their parties.

“Also, remember that Nigeria is bigger than Buhari and Buhari is not Nigeria. Therefore, they should have weighed the pros and the cons of endorsing Buhari, an individual, instead of looking at what an individual can do for the good of the country.”

On Espirit d’Corps, he said they have not violated any law. “This does not form part of the Espirit d’Corps, because it is limited to when they are in the service or when there is some form of war and they need to protect each other.”

Recall that Brigadier Buba Marwa (rtd) recently led a group of 71 retired generals, which cut across the services and military administrators to the Presidential Villa, to express their support for Buhari’s second term bid.

The list comprised of two Lt-Generals, 13 major generals, two rear admirals, eight Air Vice Marshals (AVM), 12 Brigadier Generals, nine Air Commodores, among others.

Some notable military men in attendance include former president Goodluck Jonathan’s minister of police affairs, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade and former Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Jubril Ayinla.

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