President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in Abuja appealed to Nigerians to desist from actions and comments that could jeopardize the unity and progress of the nation.
A statement Titled; President Buhari Urge Nigerians To Desist From Divisive Action, Says Country’s Unity Won At Great Cost and that which was signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adeshina, obtained from his verified facebook.
He said the president made this disclosure at the Launching of 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day (AFRD) Emblem and Appeal Fund.
The Media Advisor said the president used the occasion to reminds Nigerians of the need to guard jealously the unity of the nation which was won at great cost.
His word; “The President, who stressed that ‘‘Nigeria’s strength lies in her diversity’’, honored the memory of the nation’s fallen heroes and veterans, recounting their sacrifices during the First and Second World Wars, the Nigerian Civil War and Peace Support Operations around the world.
He said President Buhari also paid tribute to men and women currently engaged in internal security operations, particularly the ongoing fight against insurgency, terrorism and armed banditry in some parts of the country, praising them for remaining steadfast in the difficult task of restoring peace and security despite the Coronavirus pandemic.
”We honour the memory of our gallant officers and men who have paid the supreme sacrifice in order to keep the country united as one entity.
”The nation remains grateful for the efforts and sacrifice of the Armed Forces especially in the fight against insurgency and other internal security challenges confronting Nigeria.
”The Armed Forces Remembrance Day or Veterans Day as it is known in some parts of the world is an important event observed in commemoration of the end of the Second World War”.
”In Commonwealth member countries, the Remembrance Day is observed on 11th November yearly. However, for us the date was changed to 15th January annually to accommodate the commemoration of the end of the Nigerian Civil War,’’ he said.
Adeshina said the President expressed delight at the return of normalcy in some of the areas that previously witnessed security challenges.
He add: ”Our dear nation has witnessed numerous security challenges since independence”.
”These security threats have undermined Nigeria in the areas of trade, investment and economy, education, health as well as agriculture and frequently denied Nigerians the freedom of movement”.
“This administration will continue to forge useful alliances with neighbors and friends in the international community for the total defeat of the security threats affecting the sub-region, promised to ensure timely provision of adequate resources and necessary logistics support for the Armed Forces”.
“Under his watch the Nigeria Armed Forces will operate with the best modern warfare equipment, with welfare issues receiving utmost attention”.
”We are quite aware that it is our responsibility to provide a conducive environment that is devoid of security threats, we re-assure Nigerians that security being one of the pillars of this administration will continue to be at the forefront until peace and security are restored in the country,’’ he said.
“Let me also use this occasion to reassure Nigerians of this administration’s commitment to creating an environment in which all citizens and foreigners are guaranteed freedom and returns on investments”, as we urge business enterprises to render discounts and rebates to men and women in uniform as a symbol of appreciation for their sacrifices, saying ‘‘this kind gesture will make life easier for them and deepen their patriotism’’.
“On support for families of members of the Armed Forces who died in active service, President Buhari acknowledged that the unfortunate cost of the fight against insurgency and other internal security challenges was the unavoidable loss of lives of some gallant compatriots”.
”The reality is that the spouses and defendants of these bread-winners in most cases experience trauma and deprivation. However, we can be of support to them to lighten their burdens especially in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic”.
” This government therefore call on all to spare a thought for them and take positive steps to come to their aid,” he said, commending charity organizations engaged in the noble cause of bringing succour to the families of fallen heroes and veterans”.