- President Buhari has urged Nigerians to desist from dividing the country
- The president emphasised that the unity of any country is not easy to come by
- The Nigerian leader commended the army in its efforts to restore normalcy to the country amid EndSARS protests
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, October 28, launched the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day (AFRD) emblem and appeal fund with N10 million.
PM News reports that the president said the current happening in the country reminds Nigerians of the need to guard jealously the unity of the nation which was won at great cost.
Legit.ng gathered that he appealed to Nigerians to desist from actions and comments that could jeopardise the unity and progress of the nation.
Buhari, who stressed that Nigeria’s strength lies in her diversity, 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.
The president 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.
He praised 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."
On security operations in the northwest and northcentral zones in the country, President Buhari expressed delight at the return of normalcy in some of the areas that previously witnessed security challenges.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Victoria Island, Lagos, from where soldiers were deployed to Lekki tollgate during EndSARS protests on Tuesday, October 20, denied claims that its men opened fire on peaceful protesters.
It was reported that the acting deputy director of the division's public relations department, Major Osoba Olaniyi, on Tuesday, October 27, admitted that the order for the deployment of soldiers was given by the Lagos state government.
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Source: Legit Nigeria