Buhari inaugurates remembrance emblem

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday inaugurated the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem with a call on politicians to be mindful of their conduct and utterances ahead of the 2019 general elections.

He warned them to desist from fanning the embers of disunity, saying they would not have a country to lead if Nigeria disintegrated.

The brief inauguration took place at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, shortly before the commencement of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council.

The President said, “We would have no country to lead if our acts of deliberate incitement lead to the disintegration of our dear nation.

“Let us put Nigeria first and realise that in every contest, there must be one winner.”

Buhari described the annual Armed Forces Remembrance Day as a painful reminder of the perils of war and the need for the nation to avoid a recurrence.

“The celebration forcefully reminds us of the resolve of our citizens to remain in one united country, Nigeria.

“It also points out the fact that we had been through a bitter and unfortunate war that led to the loss of millions of our compatriots and the need to do all within our powers to avoid a recurrence of war,” he said.

The President appreciated the sacrifices being made by men of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the ongoing campaign against the insurgency and other internal security operations.

He noted that the efforts of the armed forces had led to the return of normalcy in affected parts of the nation.

The President, however, regretted the recent murder of two aid workers, Saifura Khorsa and Hauwa Liman, by Boko Haram terrorists.

He said, “It is painful that this happened despite all the efforts of the government to effect the release of the two victims.

“We condemn the callous and cowardly act in its entirety and call on all citizens and friends to forge a united front against this common enemy of our destiny.

“Once more, I extend heartfelt condolences of the government and people of Nigeria to the families and friends of these martyrs.”

Buhari promised that the resettlement and rehabilitation of citizens affected by the war on terror would continue.

He commended the Dangote Foundation for its partnership with the Federal Government in the rebuilding process in Borno State.

He called on other corporate organisations to borrow a leaf from the initiative as the government alone could not satisfy all the needs, given her limited resources.

Buhari also urged the National Assembly to give quick attention to the Bill to amend the Nigerian Legion Act to a proposed “Veterans Federation of Nigeria” Act.

He said the bill sought to ensure proper welfare and health care for military veterans.

Buhari called on all Nigerians and others resident in Nigeria to procure and wear the emblems with pride to identify with those who laid down their lives for peace and security of our fatherland.

The emblem is expected to be worn from Wednesday till January 15, 2019, when the remembrance ceremony will end with the laying of wreaths at the National Arcade.

The President inaugurated the emblem and appeal fund for the support of Nigerian veterans and fallen heroes with N10m on behalf of the Federal Government.

Buhari was accompanied to the event by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; members of FEC; Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin; other service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, senior officers and veterans.

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, was absent.
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