Monday, January 15, 2018

Leaders Pay Tribute To Fallen Heroes, Urge Nigerians To Embrace Peace In Commemoration Of Armed Forces Remembrance Day


Every 15th of January in Nigeria marks the annual event called Armed Forces Remembrance Day which is set aside to commemorate the fallen heroes that lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars and the Civil War of 1967-70.

This day marks the date of the military’s first misadventure into national politics. However, this day is better known as the day that celebrates the role of the Armed Forces in upholding the unity of the country.

Armed Forces Remembrance Day is not only celebrated at the Federal level but it cuts across every form of government in the country. Prayers are held for soldiers who died fighting for the country.

In celebrating this day, former President Ibrahim Babangida has urged Nigerians and governments at all levels to serve the country and help in resolving the recent disturbing incidents affecting the nation’s national security.

Babangida also called on the mass media to serve as national vanguards in tackling the present security challenges facing the country.

“As people we should inculcate our cultural values that promote good conduct, tolerance and peaceful coexistence.

“We should eschew hate speeches, discrimination and other vices that trigger senseless violence and bloodshed.

“We have witnessed so much bloodshed through communal clashes and conflicts that need urgent actions to stop them now.

Nigerians were urged to demonstrate appreciation of the courage of the gallant fallen heroes by appreciating their contribution and providing support for the welfare and upkeep of the families they left behind, especially their widows and children.

In a similar manner, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has urged Nigerians to embrace peace and unity as a means of honouring the gallant efforts of the Nigerian military.

“I admire the bravery of members of our armed forces, and celebrate their hard efforts to keep us safe. My prayer on this day is to see a time soon when the guns and the armoured tanks lie idle because we have no more battles left to fight,” Atiku noted.

“When we all live in peace and unity and love, we not only enable steady development and progress in our great country, Nigeria, but we minimise the unnecessary pain, grief and loss of life among our beloved armed forces, who have bravely signed up to keep us all safe and secure. Our fallen heroes and their families are not the only ones who suffer.”

His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR and Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo GCON celebrated this years Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the National Arcade, Eagles Square, Abuja.

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