- The minister of defence wants Christians to intercede on behalf of Nigerian troops
- Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd) urged believers to pray for the security challenges to come to an end
- Magashi gave the charge in his Christmas message on Thursday, December 24
Nigeria's defence minister, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd), has sent an important message to Christians ahead of Christmas celebrations.
In a report by Channels TV, Magashi called on Christians as they celebrate the birth of Christ to pray for Nigeria to overcome its security challenges.
The defence minister who gave the charge in a statement on Thursday, December 24, noted that the least appreciation Nigerians can show to the soldiers who are fighting patriotically on the frontlines is to pray for them and be security conscious at this time.
He went on to note that this is the season to turn to God to crown the sacrifices of Nigeria's fighting forces to attain maximum victory over adversaries.
While felicitating with Christians on a special occasion, Magashi stressed the need for peaceful co-existence, unity, and peace especially as the country fights various forms of insecurity.
He urged Christians to be Christ-like by showing compassion to fellow Nigerians irrespective of religious differences and to pray for peace in the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that following the renewed attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents, a South African military contracting company, Conella Services Ltd., offered to help if contacted by the federal government.
The military contracting company is the one hired by the Goodluck Jonathan administration to contain the Boko Haram insurgency in 2014.
The spokesperson of the security firm whose identity was concealed said the company is ready to return to Nigeria to finish the job of routing the deadly sect if engaged by the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
In a related development, Nigeria's defence minister sent a message to the service chiefs as he marked his one year in office.
A statement by his special assistant on media and publicity, Mohammad Abdulkadir, indicates that he charged the service chiefs and heads of other security agencies “to raise the bar of patriotic service to the nation.”
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