Buhari launches 2021 Armed Forces remembrance Day Emblem, urges Businesses to offer uniform men discount
NEWSMAN, Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has launched the 2021Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem and Appeal fund with N10m.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, members of the Diplomatic Corps, Service Chiefs, and Nigerian Legion were all part of the event which took place at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.
Buhari while speaking at the event pledged that under his watch the Nigeria Armed Forces will operate with the best modern warfare equipment, with welfare issues receiving utmost attention, urging business enterprises to render discounts and rebates to men and women in uniform as a symbol of appreciation for their sacrifices, as “this kind gesture will make life easier for them and deepen their patriotism”.
He said this year’s occasion reminds Nigerians of the need to guard jealously the unity of the nation which was won at great cost while honouring the memory of the nation’s fallen heroes and veterans, recounting their sacrifices during the First and Second World Wars, Nigerian Civil War and Peace Support Operations around the world.
President Buhari 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, praising them for remaining steadfast in the difficult task of restoring peace and security despite the coronavirus pandemic.
”Our dear nation has witnessed numerous security challenges since independence. These security threats have undermined Nigeria in the areas of trade, investment and economy, education, health as well as agriculture and frequently denied Nigerians the freedom of movement.
”I am however pleased to state that a lot has been achieved in the Internal Security operations in the North West and North Central zones where in addition to Operations LAFIYA DOLE, HADARIN DAJI, HARBIN KUNAMA, WHIRL STROKE, other operations such as ACCORD, SAHEL SANITY and KATSINA were successfully launched. This has led to the return of normalcy in some of the affected areas. However, all hands must be on deck to check attacks on soft targets, ” he said.
On support for families of members of the Armed Forces who died in active service, President Buhari acknowledged that the unfortunate cost of the fight against insurgency and other internal security challenges was the unavoidable loss of lives of some gallant compatriots.
”The reality is that the spouses and defendants of these bread-winners in most cases experience trauma and deprivation. However, we can be of support to them to lighten their burdens especially in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
”I therefore call on all to spare a thought for them and take positive steps to come to their aid,” he said, commending charity organisations engaged in the noble cause of bringing succour to the families of fallen heroes and veterans.
Buhari urged State Governors, who are patrons of the Nigerian Legions in their respective States, as well as Nigerians, to continue to support and participate in the Legion’s initiatives in the areas of transportation, agriculture and housing development.
The President called on Nigerians and other residents in the country to procure and wear the emblems with pride in order to identify with those who laid down their lives for the peace and security of the county.
”I encourage all to donate generously in support of our veterans and dependents of our fallen heroes,” he said.
Speaking earlier, Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (Rtd) called on members of the civil society, religious and political leaders, the academia as well as the media to educate and enlighten Nigerians on the need to recognize and appreciate the sacrifices of gallant compatriots in uniform.
He also encouraged Nigerians to procure and wear the emblem to boost the morale of serving personnel.
Similarly, the Chairman Nigerian Legion, Brigadier General Adakole Jones Akpa (Rtd), thanked President Buhari for his unrelenting support to the ex-servicemen, particularly in ensuring the prompt payment of pensions.