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2018 Remembrance Day: Nigeria Owes Debt of Gratitude to Armed Forces over Sacrifices for Peace and Stability – Defence Minister.

By: Oyinye Odufa.

Defence minister, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali disclosed on Thursday that officers and soldiers of the armed forces deserve commendation for the relative peace being enjoyed in the country noting that it is as a result of the sacrifices of these men and women.

Speaking on activities lined up to mark the 2018 armed forces remembrance day celebration, the minister said, “They (troops) have laboured day and night and under very harsh conditions. Some have paid the supreme price. Others have been permanently incapacitated while others have been missing in action, all in a bid to keep us safe”.

Continuing he said, “One can only imagine what the country would have been if not for the Armed Forces”.

“It would be appreciated if Nigerians can be sensitized and educated on the sacrifices of our men and women of the Armed Force for National peace, security and unity.

“Again I call on all Nigerian citizens and our friend to purchase and wear the remembrance emblems with pride”.

Emphasizing that federal government owes it as a binding duty to remember and honor the memory of Veterans: Dan-Ali said, “Towards improving the welfare of the Armed Force veterans, certain programs and activities are being implemented by his ministry.

These activities according to the minister include the dedication of a memorial in honor of the Nigerian solider that fought and died during wars; efficient pension administration, implementation of Defense Health Insurance Scheme, and the establishment of a Data Bank of Retirees of the Armed Force of Nigeria among others.

Furthermore, the minister stated that because the soldiers sacrificed their lives for the nation, the ministry owes it as a binding duty to remember and honor their memories by ensuring that their families left behind are not abandoned.

He said the ministry has provided for special programmes that are being implemented for the dependents of the fallen heroes include scholarship for the eligible children of the deceased up to the tertiary level.

The minister reiterated that the purpose of the Armed Force Remembrance Day Celebration is to honour the memory of all the Nigerian soldiers who fought and died fighting the First and Second World War and also the Nigerian Civil wars.

Present at briefing at the National Defence College Abuja were the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Yusuf Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ette Ibas, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Air Vice Marshal Usman as well as the Commandant of the National Defense College.

With Thursday’s Press Briefing, activities for the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration have commenced. It is to be followed by other activities such as the Nigerian Legion Humanitarian Day, the Emblem Launch by Mr. President, Religious Services and the Wreath Laying Ceremony.

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