The Retired Army, Navy and Air force Officers Association of Nigeria has said their members are ready to assist the nation in tackling its insecurity challenges including fighting the war against insurgents in the North East.
The National President of RANAO, Lt. Col. Antony Ogbomo (retd), said this while speaking with journalists after the zonal executive committee meeting of the association in Ede on Wednesday.
Ogbomo said the younger members of the association were ready to be called upon to assist the nation especially in some areas to lessen the burden of those in the active service.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to revive the National Reserve Scheme which has a pool of ex-military men to be called upon to fight at any time their services were required.
He said,” We are still useful and can still contribute to the development and wellbeing of the nation. Our men can still be called back even to assist in tackling insurgency and they are ready.
“When I visited the Honourable Minister of Defence a few weeks back and one of the issues I discussed with him on behalf of the association is the fact that there is the need for the government to resuscitate the National Reserve Scheme and implement it.
“If it is implemented, majority of our officers can be called back to the service to take care of some of the activities that those in active service will rather not be involved in, for instance those in action at the North East.
“Those in the reserve scheme can be used to carter for the barracks, the logistics chain, so that they can take care of the combat zone.