- President Muhammadu Buhari has released a statement in commemoration of the 50th year anniversary of the Nigerian civil war
- The president stated that there were no victors in the war which claimed over a million lives
- We call on all leaders and parties in the country to moderate their language to avoid mistakes of the past, the Nigerian leader said
President Muhammadu Buhari has marked the 50th year anniversary of the Nigerian civil war.
In the statement by his spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari noted that the war produced neither a victor nor a vanquished.
He, however, decried some sectional leaders, accusing them of committing themselves to preach divisive messages capable of causing division in the country.
“We remember the victims of the conflict and honour those on both sides that lost their lives. Their tragedy shall be neither forgotten nor repeated.
“The war serves as a potent warning on the dangers of aggressive regionalism, ethnic baiting and political corruption. In it, we must forge common memory that can serve as a bridge to a future free from the ravages of sectarianism.
“We remember the past to draw its lessons; on how we move forward together and live in peace. We call on all leaders and parties to moderate their language,” Buhari said.
Nigeria celebrated the year 2020's edition of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day on Wednesday, January 15.
The Nation's capital, Abuja, was on standstill as President Buhari led senior government officials in honour of Nigeria's fallen heroes.
Buhari, a retired army general himself, laid the wreath as a symbolic gesture to pay homage to members of Nigeria's armed forces who have lost their lives while in the front-line.
Meanwhile, former Imo state governor and senator representing Imo West senatorial district, Rochas Okorocha has called on the federal government to do more to improve the welfare of Nigeran troops in the frontline.
Okorocha made the submission in a statement sent to journalists on Monday, January 13 and signed by his media aide, Mr Ahmed Mustafa, in commemoration of this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebrations.
He commended the armed forces and called on the federal government to do more in repaying the officers and men for their loyalty and sacrifice to the nation.
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