The North-East Peoples Forum has commended the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) for training veterans in various skills to enable them engage in productive ventures.
The group said the 3-day skill acquisition training for the retired military veterans, which held in Gombe from 23 – 25 June sequel to the Chief of Defence Staff’s directives will prevent them from being tempted to avail their military skills to underserving elements.
The North-East group in a press release signed by its president, Waziri Gombe on Saturday, said the exercise which was conducted in collaboration with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council and the Small and Medium Development Agency is a step in the right direction.
It said such collaborative effort is needed in stopping the insecurities in North-East.
“We appreciate the Defence Headquarters for this training. Definitely, it will reduce the lure for criminality by the veterans, because an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.
“The effort by the DHQ comes at a time ISWAP/Boko Haram are desperately luring our people into becoming fighters.
“We therefore urge the Governor’s of the North-East states to partner with the DHQ in this laudable initiative.
“Once more we appeal to our North-East people to continue to support the Armed Forces of Nigeria to ensure insurgency is brought to an end,” the statement stated.