President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) on Monday pledged that the sacrifices of Nigeria’s fallen heroes, heroines, and veterans who stood up to the security challenges facing the nation, won’t go unnoticed.
He gave the assurance while launching the 2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem and Appeal Fund at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration is observed annually on January 15 to commemorate the selfless service of members of the Nigerian Armed Forces in military campaigns and wars.
The theme of the 2016 celebration is: “Motivating the Nigerian Armed Forces for Effective Service Delivery”.
At the event, President Buhari announced a donation of N10 million for the emblem.
He said: “We are gathered here today to observe a worthy tradition of acknowledging and appreciating the gallantry and accomplishments of our veterans in the First and Second World Wars, Peace Support Operations around the world, and internal security operations particularly the ongoing campaign against terrorism in our country.
“I am therefore proud to address this solemn gathering in honour of our distinguished veterans who devoted their lives to the service of our country and the world at large.
“Today’s occasion reminds us of the need to appreciate the noble contributions of our fallen heroes who paid the supreme sacrifice to maintain national and international peace and security.
“The sacrifices of our fallen heroes, heroines, and veterans who rose up to the security challenges cannot go unnoticed”.
Stressing that Nigeria has remained one united country despite several challenges since independence, the president said this feat couldn’t have been achieved without the determination of Nigerians to remain one people.
He also saluted the courage and sacrifices of men and women of Nigeria Armed Forces in grappling with the wave of terrorism, oil theft and piracy in some parts of the country.
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