By Lawrence Audu
As Nigeria commemorates the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day to honour the sacrifices of it’s Fallen Heroes, the government has been called upon to redouble it’s efforts in the provision of welfare package for it’s troops and the families of veterans.
A security and counterinsurgency expert, Dr Mohammed Sani Abubakar made the call in a message to troops on the frontlines in defence of the nation’s sovereignty.
Abubakar noted that: “The Armed Forces is a strategic instrument of state craft and sovereignty of a country, and for Nigeria, the Armed Forces history is intertwined with the birth and continuous existence of our country.”
“They paid the supreme price to preserve her unity and defend her at all times. Therefore, we want to use this auspicious occasion to celebrate the Nigerian Armed Forces and pay tribute to all our fallen heroes.”
He called on the Government of President Bola Tinubu to increase the renumeration and welfare package of soldiers and the veterans.
Celebrated every 15th January, the Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Nigeria is set aside to honour the sacrifices and contributions of the Nigerian military personnel, both living and dead, who have served and continue to serve the nation.
It is a day set aside to recognize and show appreciation for the dedication, bravery, and patriotism of the armed forces in protecting the country and maintaining peace and security. The day also serves as a reminder to the nation of the need to support and care for the welfare of military veterans and their families.
Additionally, it provides an opportunity for reflection on the impact of war and conflict, as well as a call for peaceful coexistence and unity among all citizens.