President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured that the military is going to defeat Boko Haram terrorists, who have turned the North-East region into a war zone in the last six years.
Buhari, therefore, charged the military troops at the theatre of war to ensure that they win the war.
The President, who stated this at the National Arcade, Abuja yesterday, as the nation marked the 59th Armed Forces Remembrance Day, charged the military troops not to relent their efforts in ensuring that they fight to keep Nigeria as one indivisible and united entity.
Buhari spoke to the troops via digital devices and live streaming equipment improvised by the Nigerian Army to enable him chat with soldiers in the war zone.
President Buhari’s act was an innovation, when he put a call across to the Nigerian soldiers in the war front, a call that was saluted with a joyous roar from the soldiers.
It would be recalled that for more than six years now, Nigerian military has engaged in a counter-terrorism operations against Boko Haram in the North-East states mostly in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, whose activities have displaced over two million persons.
Armed Forces Remembrance Day is used to honour the veterans who are alive as well as the families of the departed, featuring inspection of Guard of Honour as mounted by the Guards Brigade.
As it is usual with the annual ritual, two top government officials Vice President Yemi Osibajo, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, joined the President in the laying of wreaths.
The national troupe on war horses heralded the coming of President Buhari into the National Arcade, accompanied by the commander of the Guards Brigade for the review of the National Guard of Honour on parade.
After the parade, the President and other special guests made a solemn movement straight to the tomb of the Unknown Soldier for the biggle.
Prayers were said in Christian and Islamic formats for the repose of the souls of the departed and peace and unity of the country.
A minute silence in honour of the fallen heroes was also observed before President Buhari laid the presidential wreath followed by Vice President Osibajo, Dr Saraki, Mr Dogara, the Chief Justice of the Federation and the Defence Minister. President Buhari further released the bells of pigeons and the balloons signifying the unfettered peace in the country.
January 15 of every year has been set aside to celebrate fallen heroes of the Nigerian Armed Forces. It is always celebrated with pomp and pageantry.
On this day, fallen heroes and veterans, who put their lives on the line as they fought in and through the first and second world wars, the Nigeria Civil War and peace support missions, are honoured and remembered.
In Nigeria, the event was initially marked with a National Holiday on November 12 and later on the November 11 (popularly known as 11-11 or poppy day) so that it coincided with the World War II Veterans’ Remembrance Day in the British Commonwealth of Nations. Much later, it had to be changed to January 15 in memory of the end of the Nigeria Civil War in 1970.
This year, it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first military coup by Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu and four other majors on January 15, 1966.
The coup triggered a chain of other events that eventually snowballed into the fratricidal war of 1967 to 1970.


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