President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abuja launched the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day emblem appeal.
The launch is an annual event to appreciate the gallantry, sacrifices and accomplishments of veterans of the first and second world wars, peace support operations and internal security operations in Nigeria.
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Speaking at the occasion, the President lauded the exploits of the Nigerian Armed Forces to maintain peace, unity and stability in the country, urging Nigerians to celebrate them as the pride of the country.
He paid tribute to veterans who devoted most of their active lives to securing the nation and the world, particularly those who paid the supreme sacrifice.
President Buhari said: “Our country’s efforts at nationhood since independence have been challenged by civil strife, civil war and much uprising and violent agitations.
“However, in spite of all these, the country has remained united and the resolve of the citizens for unity remains unshaken.
“The exploits of our Armed Forces to maintain peace as well as their disposition to the unity of Nigeria have contributed in no small measure to our stability.
“We must therefore celebrate them as the pride of our country. Our faith in our Armed Forces remains unshaken and as a government we will do all within our powers to ensure that our Armed Forces are motivated to perform optimally.
“They have time and again demonstrated unparalleled patriotism, courage, loyalty and commitment as they grapple with the daunting challenges of defending Nigeria’s territorial integrity.”
President Buhari, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, said the Nigerian Armed Forces have effectively applied themselves to countering all the attempts by the nation’s enemies to disturb the peace, noting that places that were hitherto inaccessible and deserted have now been occupied by citizens who have returned to their normal homes.
He said the renewed onslaught on bandits in the Northwest has resulted in the military daily receiving insurgents who are voluntarily laying down their arms.
The President called on all Nigerians to make generous donations to the Nigerian Legion, support the widows and orphans of the fallen heroes, procure the emblems and wear them with pride.