It was a special moment on Sunday at the Oshodi Annex of the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC), as a special service and send forth party was held to honour the newly retired Commandant, Air Vice Marshal Kingsley Gompen Lar.
KG Lar was the Commandant, Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC), a position he held until his retirement.
Held at the St. Peters Protestant Church right within the premises of the Resettlement Centre in Oshodi, the service was graced with attendance from officers of various ranks and files in the military as well as friends and loved ones.
KG Lar was full of praises to the Lord as he reminisces his experience going into the military and how the grace of God saw him through his career in the Force.
He said, “when I started out as a young man in 1978, reporting for the Nigerian Military school, Zaria, I never in my wildest imagination thought that one day, I would rise to this enviable rank of Air Vice Marshal, and have the opportunity to serve in all the places that I have served: it is only God that could have done it.”
The retired officer also commended Nigeria’s president for his policies geared towards alienating the problems retirees are faced with. He said, “The government of President Muhammadu Buhari has made retirement for the military very painless. The conditions of service are far better than they have ever been. So all personnel who now retire under this pension scheme will be well looked after in their old age”.
He further thanked the present administration of the Armed for “working hard to ensure we have a living pension”.
As an officer, who have spent over 42 years in uniform, serving the nation in all capabilities and regions as necessitated, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Kingsley Lar can be said to have seen it all; the good! The bad!! And the ugly!!!
“Everywhere that I have served, I have had the grace of God”. I have never had any disagreements with my superiors.” He stressed.
He however charged young officers in the Military to always put in their best into what they do.