President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in Abuja appealed to Nigerians to desist from actions and comments that could jeopardise the unity and progress of the nation.
He spoke at the launch of the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day (AFRD) Emblem and Appeal Fund.
Buhari said this year’s occasion reminds citizens of the need to guard jealously the unity of the country.
The President stressed that ‘‘Nigeria’s strength lies in her diversity’’.
He honoured 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.
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
”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.”
Buhari explained that the date was changed to 15th January in Nigeria to accommodate the commemoration of the end of the Nigerian Civil War.
On security operations in the North West and North Central zones, Buhari expressed delight at the return of normalcy in some of the areas that witnessed security challenges.
He regretted that situations over the years have undermined Nigeria in the areas of trade, investment, economy, education, health, agriculture and frequently denied people the freedom of movement.
The President restated that his administration will continue to forge useful alliances with neighbours and friends in the international community for the total defeat of the security threats.
He further pledged that under his watch the Nigeria Armed Forces will operate with the best modern warfare equipment, with welfare issues receiving utmost attention.