President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the military onslaught against bandits and other criminals will not stop until peace returns to all the troubled regions in the country.
Buhari stated this on Monday at the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day emblem appeal launch, an annual event to appreciate the sacrifices, and accomplishments of veterans of the first and second world wars, peace support operations, and internal security operations in Nigeria.
“We are not going to be satisfied until peace is finally restored to every inch of our land,” Buhari said.
The President described the emblem as a sign of the sacrifices and bloodshed by officers and men of the Armed Forces for the peace and security of Nigeria.
“It is also a sign of our resolve to remain united as a nation and confront any challenges we may face. It is a sign of our resolve to say no to divisions and embrace one another as a united indivisible country,” he said.
While paying 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, a civil war, and much uprising and violent agitations.”
A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Femi Adesina quoted him as saying: “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.”
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.
“The same call goes to all visitors and friends of Nigeria as well as corporate bodies operating in Nigeria,” he said.
Speaking on the Nigerian Legion, the President noted that the need to maintain the comradeship that existed during the service among officers and men of the Armed Forces led to its establishment through an Act of the National Assembly.