The federal government has commended members of the armed forces for showing uncommon resilience, courage and commitment in the defence of the nation’s territorial integrity and all forms of security threats in the country.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo gave the commendation at the interdenominational Church service organised by the Ministry of Defence to commemorate the 2020 Armed Force Remembrance Day Celebration (AFRDC) on Sunday in Abuja.
He assured that the Federal Government would continue to recognise the sacrifices of the men and women of the nation’s armed forces, noting hat the government would continue to do this by prioritizing their welfare and the wellbeing of the families of the fallen heroes.
The Vice President said, “We do not and will not take our men and women of the armed forces for granted.
“We will do better for our veterans and the families of our fallen heroes and to improve the conditions of those in service and we shall do so incrementally.
“And so, we came together to thank the men and women of our armed forces for their sterling and selfless service to our nation.
“You have shown uncommon resilience, you have shown courage and commitment to the defence of our country.
“On behalf of government and people of Nigeria, I thank you veterans and serving officers for your faith and your services to our nation and we thank the families of the fallen heroes for your fortitude,” he said.
Osinbajo reiterated that the sacrifices of the men and women of the armed forces both dead and living was responsible for the existence of Nigeria as a nation today.
The ceremony was also attended by his wife Dolapo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, representatives of the Chief of Army Staff and that of the Chief of the Air Staff.
Also in attendance were heads of government agencies, top military officers, soldiers, members of the Nigerian legion.
Also in attendance were directors of chaplain services of the Army, Navy and Air Force.
The Senate President was represented by his deputy, Omo Agege, while the speaker of the House of Representatives was represented by Hon Akpatason.
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