By Lawrence Audu, Abuja.
Preparations have reached advanced stage for activities marking the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebrations in Abuja.
Speaking at the interdenominational church service at the National Christian Centre, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo while paying glowing tributes to the fallen heroes for their sacrifice for the nation said, “everyone of the Men and Women of our Armed Forces killed in battle took a decision that they were prepared to lay down their lives for the flag and country; But the greatest loss is of the families they left behind.”
Professor Osinbajo emphasized that the unity of the country is sacrosanct and the rights of every citizen must be upheld and defended in the interest of the nation.
“Yes, we have seen in the past few years how these rights have been challenged by the mindless extremism of the Boko Haram in the NorthEast, and how again our gallant military, police and civilian populations have risen jointly & gallantly to rout these criminal combatants and restore peace to most communities in that zone”.
On the herdsmen and other criminal killings in the country, he commended President Buhari for the steps taken to forestall further bloodshed especially in Benue.
“The President has ordered the police and the armed forces to deal decisively with these killings and to ensure that the perpetrators are found and punished. The President has also in almost daily meetings, and strategy sessions with relevant security and law enforcement agencies worked to find lasting solutions.” He said.
He warned against the politicization of the tragedies, saying the Boko Haram menace too long because it was politicized.
Meanwhile a visit to the National Arcade, 3Arms Zone by The.nigerian.news reveals that organisers are putting final touches to the venue where President Muhammadu Buhari with service chiefs and other dignitaries are expected to lay wreaths on the tomb of the unknown soldier.
The Armed Forces Remembrance Day was originally is celebrated in Nigeria every November 11 coinciding with the World War 2 Veterans Day of the British Common Wealth, but later changed to 15th January 1980 a day the Biafran Separatists surrendered to Nigeria thus concluding the Civil War.