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Buhari opens army endowment fund with N10m, sues for unity

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President Muhammadu Buhari has launched the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem and Appeal Fund with a donation of N10 million to the Nigerian Legion.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, among others, witnessed the ceremony that held just before the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House yesterday.

Buhari noted that the event was to remember the nation’s fallen heroes and war veterans as well as those fighting terrorism and banditry in the northern part of the country.

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Promising timely release of resources for operations and welfare of the armed forces, the President reassured the citizens that security would continue to be among his administration’s priority until peace returns.

Chairman of Nigerian Legion, Brig-Gen. Adakole Akpa (rtd.), thanked Buhari for his support to the ex-servicemen, particularly in ensuring prompt payment of their pensions.

MEANWHILE, youths of Benue State have been urged to remain patriotic and steadfast in contributing to the country’s development.

Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, Sen. George Akume, gave the advice yesterday during a youth forum at his Judges’ Quarters residence in Makurdi.

Akume charged them to key into the policies of the Federal Government, which is youth-driven especially in the agriculture sector.

“We know you have the fundamental right to protest, but you must take cognisance of the rights of others. Let no one encourage you to destroy facilities. We are not rich in this state. Those who are rich have private jets. Do not make us a laughing stock. As a government, we believe in the sanctity of life, and that is why government was careful in responding and swiftly too,” he told them.

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