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Terrorism: FG Not Undermining Sacrifices Of Fallen Heroes – Buhari

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Posted: Nov 15, 2016 at 6:02 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Innocent Oweh

Abuja – The Federal Government has said it has not in any way undermined the sacrifices made by serving and ex-service military personnel in the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari said this at the launch of 2017 armed forces remembrance emblem and appeal fund on Tuesday, where he noted that the semblance of peace which the people now enjoy could not have been possible without the sacrifices and commitment by the nation’s gallant military officers to quell terrorism.

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, who presided over the ceremony on behalf of the President, said it still remains a mystery how Nigeria has stood the test of time in the past 56 years without disintegration.

He said, “We are gathered here to observe a worthy tradition of acknowledging and appreciating the gallantry and sacrifices of our veterans in the first and second world wars, peace keeping operations around the world and internal security operations, particularly the ongoing campaign against terrorism at home.

“It is indeed fitting and worthwhile and even noble to honour our distinguished veterans, some who paid the highest price and many others who devoted significant part of their lives to the service of our country and the world at large.

“Since independence 56 years ago, our nation has witnessed a number of internal strifes, survived a civil war but we have remained united. Our people have through all consistently showed a commitment to remaining as one people.

“This in itself honours the sacrifices of our fallen heroes, heroines and veterans who rose up and continue to rise up to confront the security challenges of the day.

“We as government demonstrate our appreciation for their service and value their devotion and honour their memory.

“This is why the armed forces Remembrance Day celebration is observed annually as we do today to commemorate the selfless service of our gallant troops.

“The theme of this year’s celebration, “Appreciating the resilience of the Nigerian Armed Forces” aptly speaks to the perseverance and dedication of our serving and departed men in the uniform.

“Those great attributes are particularly on display in these trying times in our national life as our men and women of the armed forces make genuine efforts to bring down the insurgents.

“Let it be said all over again that as an administration, we will continue to honour our military forces in their ongoing arduous fight against terrorists and we will do all we can to remember their sacrifices and appreciate their families who bear the brunt at different levels of pains and loss”.

Earlier, Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, described the event as a unique one because it came at a time when Nigeria has achieved milestone in its anti-insurgency war with territories recovered despite economic hardship.

Dan-Ali said the armed forces had played significant roles to maintain peace, hence the nation is grateful to all those who have paid the supreme price.

“The campaign against terrorism has tasked the resourcefulness of our armed forces. Many lives of officers were lost and many sustained injuries. They gave their yesterday for the nation’s today and tomorrow. We owe their families our generosity,” he said.

He urged all Nigerians to wear the emblem with pride to honour those who paid the supreme price.

The Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Col. Micah Gaya (rtd), told the gathering that the group recently gave food items to 50 widows, bursaries to 50 children and assisted 50 veterans at an event held in Makurdi, Benue State.

Gaya later decorated Osinbajo; representative of the President of the Senate, Ali Ndume; acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal; Dan-Ali; as well as service chiefs with the emblem.

Other ministers and heads of government agencies would be decorated in their various ministries at later dates.