Buhari launches Armed Forces Remembrance Day emblem with N10 million
Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday launched the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day emblem with the sum of ten million Naira.
The Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration is an annual event organized to honour members of the Nigerian Armed Forces who fought in the first and second World Wars, and those who served or are still serving in various peace support operations worldwide as well as those who fought in the Nigerian civil war.
Buhari launched the emblem at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja.
President Buhari reminded the nation that the celebration was a painful reminder of the perils of war and the need for the nation to avoid a recurrence.
“The celebration forcefully reminds us of the resolve of our citizens to remain in one united country, Nigeria. It also points out the fact that we had been through a bitter and unfortunate war that led to the loss of millions of our compatriots and the need to do all within our powers to avoid a reoccurrence of war,” Buhari said.
Buhari appealed to politicians and Nigerians to put the interest of the country first, before personal.
“We would have no country to lead if our acts of deliberate incitement lead to the disintegration of our dear nation.”
“Let us put Nigeria first and realise that in every contest there must be one winner,” Buhari said.
The President, who lamented recent murder of two aid workers Saifura Khorsa and Hauwa Liman by Boko Haram terrorists by the Boko Haram sect, called on Nigerians to unite to fight terrorism.
“It is painful that this happened despite all the efforts of the government to ensure the release of the two victims,” he said.
“We condemn the callous and cowardly act in its entirety and call on all citizens and friends to forge a united front against this common enemy of our destiny.”
Buhari, however, called on corporate organisations in the aviation industry to support Armed forces amidst the government’s limited resources.
“Some airlines operating in Nigeria offer discounts to members of the Armed Forces. This gesture is commendable and in line with my call for recognition, consideration and appreciation of our Armed Forces. I urge more business ventures to chip in by assisting the Security Forces in whatever way they can.”
Assuring the Armed Forces, Buhari said “As Grand Patron of the Nigerian Legion (Veterans), I wish to pledge my continued support and that of the Federal Government to the organisation.”
He also commended state governors for their support to Armed Forces.
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