President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to cast their minds on the effect of past civil war and jointly decide not to allow the country to witness another civil war by their actions and inactions.
The President said based on what the nation has lost to past civil war, it is worthwhile for Nigerians to resolve never to allow our dear nation Nigeria to experience another war.
Buhari said this at the inauguration of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration 2018 Emblem and Appeal Fund which held at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, today.
“It is indeed worthwhile to honour the memory of our distinguished veterans who paid the supreme sacrifice to keep the country united. Some others have spent the best part of their lives in Service to keep our nation and the world in peace.
“The resolve by our countrymen and women to remain in one indivisible and indissoluble nation, Nigeria is at the centre of this celebration. Indeed the Remembrance Day Celebration is being marked on the 15th of January instead of 11th of November as in other Commonwealth nations to commemorate the end of the Nigerian civil war – a war that was fought to keep Nigeria one.
“We must, therefore, cast our minds back at the events that led to the civil war, the immense human capital loss of the tragic war, and resolve that never again shall we allow our dear nation by our actions or inactions to experience another war.”
Buhari also saluted the courage and sacrifices made by men and women of the armed forces, despite the security challenges confronting the country.
“I want to salute the gallantry, courage and sacrifices of men and women of the Armed Forces as they grapple with diverse and contemporary security challenges plaguing the country.
“I appreciate your display of unparalleled loyalty to the country and dedication to duty. Being one of you, I understand what you have to undergo. This administration will continue to do all within its power and resources to ensure that your welfare is adequately catered for.”