By: Okonji Francis, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday applauded the gallantry efforts of the officers and men of the Armed Forces in the fight against insurgency.
Buhari stated this during the formal launch of the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration Emblem and Appeal Fund, maintaining that military efforts had led to the return of normalcy in affected parts of the nation.
The president said the nation was appreciative of the gallantry and sacrifices of officers and men of the Armed Forces in the campaign against insurgency and other internal security operations.
He insisted that Boko Haram terrorists had been “substantially defeated and degraded to the extent that they were only daring soft targets.”
Buhari said his government would remain steadfast in developing alliances with neighbours and friends in the international community for the total defeat of the insurgents, adding that peace and security of Nigeria is not negotiable
He urged service leaders to take urgent steps to settle the entitlements and the welfare packages designed for the dependants of those who lost their lives to the war against insurgency and other internal security operations.
“The unfortunate cost of the war against insurgency and other internal security operations is the loss of lives of some of our officers and men in the Armed Forces. These very sad occurrences create deep wounds to loved ones.”
The president urged the armed forces not to relent on their oars but ensured that all hands must be on deck to check the attacks on soft targets, mostly innocent Nigerians.
He promised that his administration would continue to provide necessary logistical support to ensure that the Armed Forces operate with the best modern warfare equipment, while at the same time “adequately” addressing the issues of their welfare.