The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) on Saturday tee off an open golf tournament in honour of the NDA Commandant, Maj.-Gen Adeniyi Oyebade, who is proceeding on retirement after 35 years of military service.
Oyebade who spoke with newsmen before the commencement of the tournament in Kaduna, said he has had a fulfilled military career.
“I am 34 years plus in the service, I left the Academy as Second Lieutenant in June 1985 and it has been very amazing, enriching and fulfilled journey.
“I thank God and I thank President Muhammadu Buhari, because he was the one that commissioned me as a second lieutenant way back in 1985 when he was military Head of State.
“I have gone through high and low of the profession, from the jungles of Liberia and Serria Loane to Bakassi and Niger Delta, also traveling around the world in the pursuit of Nigeria’s military objectives.
“I am fulfilled with the support of my family in this journey.”
Oyebade also thanked the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai, who appointed him as General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army Kaduna and as commandant NDA.
The noted that once military personnel adhere to the slogan of the NDA – Be the best you can be – “professionally and character wise, the doors of opportunities will open for you in your military career.
“You don’t have to go around and lobby or that you need somebody to excel, just be the best you can be.
“Those who know the importance of professionalism will always identify you, that is my experience in all my 35 years in service and it has been amazing.”
Oyebade also called on the military personnel to be loyal to the country, the Constitution and the President who is a product of the constitution and do everything to defend Nigeria.
Edited by Maharazu Ahmed