Nigeria restates commitment to securing the country

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Nigeria has restated its commitment to the total extinction of the Boko Harma insurgency troubling the North-East zone of the country.

President Mohammadu Buhari disclosed this at an inter-denominational church service to mark the 2016 Armed Forces and Remembrance Day celebration, which held at the National Christian Centre Abuja.

President Buhari, who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, praised the efforts of the Armed Forces and expressed optimism that they would surely complete the work they have started.

“We know that the insurgency in the North-East and Boko Haram have been degraded militarily. The insurgents no longer hold territories and can no longer launch military style attacks as they had done in the past. Let me on behalf of the government and people of our country express the gratitude of our nation to our military,” he said.

The President said the country’s Armed Forces would soon ensure the return of displaced persons to their homes.

Foreign Support

He used the opportunity to appreciate the support from Nigeria’s foreign partners in the fight against insurgency, as he requested for more.

“Let me also acknowledge the support of our foreign partners in the fight against terrorism. We appreciate your contributions and encouragement and we are confident that you will maintain the backing and even step up your support where needed as we enter what we believe are the final stages of the current insurgency in the North-East,” President Buhari stated.

Peace Keeping

He said the Nigerian Armed Forces has contributed a lot to peace keeping within and outside the country, making Nigeria one of the top ten contributors of soldiers to peacekeeping missions across the globe.

The President said the country’s Armed Forces would soon ensure the return of displaced persons to their homes.

President Buhari, eulogized the gallant heroes of the country, who paid the supreme price for the continued survival of Nigeria. He assured their families of support from the goverment.

Guest Speaker at the event, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, for the North West zone of the country, Reverend David Bakare, commended the government for consistently remembering the fallen heroes.

He admonished Nigerians to do what is right at all times and exhibit absolute loyalty and commitment to their duties.

The cleric advocated an enhanced treatment for soldiers serving at various posts across the country.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara read one of the lessons at the service, which also had members of the Federal executive Council and the diplomatic corps in attendance.

The interdenominational service to mark the Armed Forces and Remembrance Day is an annual event that usually holds at the National Christian centre Abuja.

The 2016 version had participants from the military and para-military, all dressed in their official regalia.