Adesina Urges Nigerians To Pray, Says Victory Is From God Alone

Femi Adesina (file photo)

 

Mr Femi Adesina, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, has urged Nigerians to always pray for the country, saying that victory over the myriad of problems, can only come from God.

He said this in a Facebook post on Thursday, while referencing a video in which some soldiers of the Nigerian Army were dancing and singing, apparently in commemoration of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, celebrated every January 15 in Nigeria.

The President’s aide described the video as one that inspires hope that “the country yet has a throng of young people, focused, patriotic, ready to lay down their lives for the peace and progress of their fatherland”.

He said despite the travails that the young soldiers witness on the battlefields daily, they remain resilient and put their trust in God as chanted in their songs.

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Adesina, therefore, urged Nigerians to rather than grumble and complain or criticise the government, they should channel their energies into prayer.

“I have watched the video scores of times. And it never fails to make my eyes misty each time. Four young men, with their strength as their glory, confronted by danger and death everyday, yet glorying in their tribulations, rejoicing in hope that the many battles confronting Nigeria would be won and that this country shall yet know all-round peace again, in a very turbulent world,” the post read in part.

“Listen to the words of that soldier that went sole: ‘Yes, victory is from God alone.’ But do some people know? Does it ever enter into their consciousness? They only wail: ‘this insurgency war has lasted too long. The banditry has demystified our military. They are cowards. The top guns don’t even want the battle to end. They are making money in billions.’ Okay.

“Making money in billions, and wasting our soldiers, our youths, our future and hope, in their hundreds and thousands. Because of blood money.

“That is all some people see. Permanent cynics and skeptics, who know nothing of altruism, and whose God is their belly. They think only of pecuniary gain. Nothing else. Issorait.

“But victory is from God alone. That is what we must realize as Nigerians. Do we ever pray for our troops in the frontlines? Do we remember those youths, our pride and strength, faced by death daily, as we sleep in the comfort of our homes, ensconced in the tender bosom of our wives (and em em, girlfriends). As we pray; God give me money. Give me car. Give me promotion. Kill my enemies. Do it now. NOW!

“You can’t say evil about your country, and think that good will come to her,” he said.

“You can’t say the country would implode, explode, scatter to smithereens, and then hope for unity and amity. It doesn’t happen. Not by a sudden flight. Death and life are in our tongues, “and we shall eat the fruit thereof.’

“The things that we talk of repeatedly have a way of happening to us. It is an inexorable divine law. We can’t sow plantain, and expect to reap apples. We can’t sow the wind, and not reap the whirlwind.

“As we mark Armed Forces Remembrance Day, oh, that we will say good of our military. Pray for them daily. Encourage them. Boost their morale, and not run them down, thus dispiriting them.

“In the words of those singing soldiers, “We are always gathered, rugged every season, we are moving forward to end this fight.”

“And so shall it be. Soon and very soon, the many fights all over the country shall end,”.

Governors Honour Fallen Heroes On 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day

A picture combination of Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari, and Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

 

The 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day was on Friday celebrated across the country, with state governors honouring fallen heroes for paying the supreme price in ensuring that the country remains peaceful.

The Armed Forces Remembrance Day,  which is usually marked on January 15 of every year, honours members of the military who fought and are still fighting in various theatres of conflict within Nigeria and across the world.

Katsina State

In Katsina State, the government reiterated its commitment to supporting all security agencies to ensure that the state regains its past glory.

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari

Representing the State Governor was the Deputy, Mannir Yakubu, who acknowledged the contribution of the Armed forces during the rescue of 344 school children of the Ƙankara Government Science Secondary School kidnapped by armed bandits on December 11th, 2020.

He appreciated the gallant troops of the Nigerian army and that of the Air Force for their untiring sacrifice towards securing the lives and property of citizens in the state.

Oyo State

The Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde also joined millions of Nigerians across the country to celebrate the Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

Governor Seyi Makinde

He called for more support for security agents and promised that his government would continue to support security agencies to achieve a safe and secured state.

Rivers State 

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State asked other stakeholders to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to change the Service Chiefs to end insurgency, banditry, and other violent crimes in the country.

Governor Wike stated this during the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration at Government House, Port Harcourt, after the traditional parade at the Isaac Boro park.

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The governor said the federal government must end the killings in the country in the shortest possible time, stressing that changing the service chiefs will allow for the introduction of new strategies to fight the insurgents and bandits.

Cross River State 

In Cross River State, South-South Nigeria, the state governor, Ben Ayade announced a donation of a brand new bus to ease the logistics of the servicemen.

He used the occasion to extoll the sacrifices of ex-servicemen whom he said risked their lives to keep Nigeria one.

Speaking at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day parade held at the Millennium Park, Calabar, Ayade, flanked by his Deputy, Professor Iwara Esu, and other top government functionaries, lamented the pitiable condition of them saying Nigeria has the responsibility to take care and protect them.

Ebonyi State

The 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony held across Nigeria was also observed in Ebonyi State.

The ceremony which took place at the Unity Square in Abakaliki the state capital on Friday was held in remembrance of Nigeria’s fallen heroes.

Also, the deputy governor of the state Eric Igwe, who represented the state governor David Umahi, performed the wreath-laying at the ceremony.

As part of the occasion, 36 pigeons representing the 36 states of the federation were released to symbolise the peace our fallen heroes laid down their lives for.

Imo State 

In Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma commended the Nigerian Armed Forces for their resilience and patriotism in protecting the territorial integrity of the country even in the face of daunting insecurity challenges.

The governor disclosed this at the Heroes Square in Owerri the Imo state capital the venue for this year’s armed forces day celebration.

Governor Uzodinma promised that his government will continue to support the military as well as families of retired and late military officers who fought for unity and peace in the country.

Below are some of the pictures from the Armed Forces Remembrance Day:

 

Nigeria Holds Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration

 

Nigeria has held a ceremony to commemorate the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

The event which held at the Arcade in Abuja seeks to honour Nigeria’s fallen heroes and the men who give their all to defend the nation’s peace and sovereignty.

As expected, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Service Chiefs were present to pay respect to the nation’s heroes.

Also in attendance were the Minister of Defense, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, as well as the leaders of the Legislature and Judiciary.

At the event, President Buhari reviewed the presidential parade and participated in the wreath-laying ceremony.

A signing of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day anniversary register and the release of the pigeons formed part of the highlights of the ceremony.

The Nigerian Armed Forces Remembrance Day is a day set aside for sober reflections on the significance of the armed forces to the country and to pay tribute to servicemen and veterans.

Globally, the Armed Forces Remembrance Day is celebrated on November 11 every year and it is known as the armistice day, commemorating the end of the first World War.

But, with the formal end of the Nigerian Civil War following the surrender of the Biafran secessionists on January 15, 1970, the date was changed to mark the restoration of Nigeria’s unity.

Below are some photos from the event.

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#ArmedForcesRemembranceDay: ‘We Cannot Thank You Enough’, Nigerians Pay Tribute To Fallen Heroes

 

 

Nigerians are today sending out messages of love in honour of servicemen of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

As the nation commemorates its 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, many citizens and supporters of the Nigerian Military all over the world have taken to social media to show solidarity and support.

Wreath-laying ceremonies are expected to hold in states across the country as well as in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) where President Muhammadu Buhari and other top officials are expected to be in attendance.

But while the ceremonies are yet to get underway, Nigerians have taken to social media to honour both fallen heroes and those who are still giving their all to ensure that the walls at the frontlines do not fall, leaving the citizens vulnerable.

The Nigerian Armed Forces Remembrance Day is a day set aside for sober reflections on the significance of the armed forces to the country.

Globally, the Armed Forces Remembrance Day is celebrated on November 11 every year and it is known as the armistice day, commemorating the end of the first World War.

But, with the formal end of the Nigerian Civil War following the surrender of the Biafran secessionists on January 15, 1970, the date was changed to mark the restoration of Nigeria’s unity.

Makinde Donates N2m To Launch Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem

File photo of the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde in commemoration of the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day launched an emblem of appeal in memory of the fallen and departed heroes with the sum of N2 million.

The governor in his remarks at the event held in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, on Wednesday drummed up the need for Nigerians to continue to cater to the needs of soldiers who were maimed in the line of duty to the country, the children, widows and other dependents of fallen heroes.

Represented by his deputy, Rauf Olaniyan, the governor said the day was meant to honour fallen heroes and sensitize the public on the need to cater to the welfare of veterans who are still alive as well as families of the fallen heroes/heroines.

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“I am highly delighted to welcome everyone to the formal launch of the Emblem Appeal Week, which unfolds the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration in Oyo State.

Oyo State deputy governor, Rauf Olaniyan at the event.

 

“It is pertinent to note that the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration emerged out of the need to honour our fallen heroes who laid down their lives in service to humanity during the First and Second World Wars, the Nigeria Civil War, Peace Support and Internal Security Operations.

“The occasion is also designed to honour and sensitize the public on the need to attend to the welfare of veterans who are still alive as well as families of the fallen heroes/heroines. From history, indeed, they have done wonderfully well and some nuggets of gold they left behind would surely lead our nation to a better future,” the governor said.

The governor, while announcing the donation of the sum of N2 million to launch 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration Emblem, appealed to corporate organisations, industrialists, commercial firms, philanthropists and all individuals to donate generously to the Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem Appeal Week Fund.

“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I hereby launch the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem and other activities with a sum of N2 Million to the glory of God and enablement of a better life for our ex-servicemen, veterans and dependents of those who paid the supreme price for the unity and progress of our nation,” he said.

Governor Makinde charged the members of the Nigerian Legion to take advantage of the various schemes of the Federal, State and Local Governments, Non-Governmental Organisation as well as interventions from philanthropists to make lives better for them.

War Veterans Seek New Role In Fight Against Boko Haram, Bandits

 

The Federal Government has been urged to engage the services of war veterans and retired soldiers in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast, bandits in the Northwest, and other criminal elements that are terrorizing various parts of the country.

Speaking during the launch of the emblem appeal fund for the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Kaduna, the state chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Danjuma Bari expressed dissatisfaction over the rising insecurity in the country, stating that the performance of the military towards tackling the problem not enough.

He said that the ex-military officers are ready to assist the Federal Government to fight Boko Haram and other security challenges in the country.

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While claiming that the present crop of soldiers in the country today are more interested in monetary gains and social aspects of life, at the expense of the nation’s sovereignty, the Chairman of the Nigerian Legion decries the inhuman condition of retired soldiers, despite their sacrifice to their fatherland.

He, however, called on the federal government to improve the welfare of his members by improving their pension as well as providing them with other welfare packages that will make their lives better.

Launching the emblem was the Kaduna state governor who was represented by his deputy, Mrs. Hadiza Balarabe.

Mrs. Balarabe commended the men and women of the armed forces for the various roles they play to ensure the peace and unity of the country, despite the challenges of terrorism, banditry, kidnapping menacing many communities in the country.

She, however, reassured that the present administration in Kaduna state will continue to promote and ensure the welfare of security agencies in the state to enhance their operations.

PHOTOS: State Governors Honour Fallen Heroes On Armed Forces Remembrance Day

 

The 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day was celebrated across the country, with state governors honouring fallen heroes for paying the price in ensuring that the country remains peaceful.

The Armed Forces Remembrance Day, marked January 15 annually, honours members of the military who fought and are still fighting in various theatres of conflict within Nigeria and across the world.

READ ALSO: Nigeria Honours Fallen Heroes On Armed Forces Remembrance Day

Governors, Commanders of the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force, and the Nigerian legion converge in State centres across the nation to celebrate the day with parades and wreath-laying.

See photos of the celebration below:

Niger State:

Katsina State:

Edo State:

Oyo State:

Kaduna State:

Buhari, Osinbajo, Others Honour Fallen Heroes On Armed Forces Remembrance Day

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has honoured Nigeria’s fallen heroes at the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

January 15 is set aside annually to honour members of the military who fought and are still fighting in various theatres of conflict within Nigeria and across the world.

The day also celebrates the living among the Armed Forces who have suffered some form of deprivation, owing to their experience while on the battlefront.

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It also marks the surrender of Biafra troops to the Federal troops which signalled the end of the Nigerian civil war that lasted from 1967 to 1970.

Officials of the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force and the Nigerian legion converge in different centres across the nation to celebrate the day with parades.

In the nation’s capital, President Buhari, Services Chiefs, the leadership of the National Assembly, judiciary and members of the diplomatic corps paid their respects to the heroes at the Remembrance Arcade in Abuja.

See photos below:

Fallen Heroes: FG Committed To Improving Welfare Needs Of Families – Defence Minister

 

The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment towards improving the welfare needs of families of the nation’s fallen heroes.

This was restated by the Minister of Defence (MOD), Major General Bashir Magashi (Rtd) during the Jumaat prayer in Abuja, to commemorate the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration.

The Minister said is in “honour, appreciation and recognition of the selfless sacrifices of the fallen heroes towards the peace and unity of the nation.”

Maj Gen Magashi explained that the FG has continued to support and cater to the dependants of fallen heroes.

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He recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari while launching the 2020 AFRDC Emblem last year emphasized that a major priority of government is to ensure that it caters for families of fallen heroes.

The Defence Minister lauded the effort of the AFN in supporting families of personnel who paid the supreme price, through economic empowerment programmes for their widows and educational scholarship for their children.

He urged Nigerians to remain patriotic & committed to the unity, peace and progress of the nation. He enjoined all to support the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) in performing its constitutional role of defending Nigeria’s sovereignty

The Chief Imam of the National Mosque, Professor Shehu Galadanci in his sermon, described the Nigerian military as an embodiment of courageous, gallant and discipline personnel, whose performance in internal security & peace support operations within and outside the shores of the country has received global encomium.

The Chief Imam implored Nigerians to show appreciation to members of the AFN for tackling national security challenges, particularly in the fight against terrorism and insurgency in the country. He urged the military not to relent in ensuring that terrorism is completely eradicated. He also called on Nigerians to encourage, support and pray for troops in the various theatres of operations.

Prof Galandaci paid tribute to fallen heroes and veterans for their patriotic and selfless sacrifices. The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed Tanko, ministers, Members of the National Assembly, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, diplomats, senior military & paramilitary officers attended the Juma’at prayer.

Nigeria Honours Fallen Heroes On Armed Forces Remembrance Day

Nigerian leaders and Service Chiefs are currently at the arcade in Abuja to commemorate 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to review a presidential parade and participate in the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the event.

He is to be joined by the service chiefs, the Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, who are currently at the event, in wreath-laying to honour the fallen heroes.

Others present at the event include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammed Dan Ali; Inspector General Of Police, Ibrahim Idris; Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen among others.

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The Nigerian Armed Forces Remembrance Day is a day set aside for sober reflections on the significance of the armed forces to the country.

Globally, the Armed Forces Remembrance Day is celebrated on November 11 every year and it is known as the armistice day, commemorating the end of the first World War. But, with the formal end of the Nigerian Civil War following the surrender of the Biafran secessionists on January 15 1970, the date was changed to mark the restoration of Nigeria’s unity.

Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Ambode seeks Joint Effort Against Insurgency

Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Idiat Oluranti Adebule

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, is seeking joint effort against the insurgency in the northern part of the country.

He urged Nigerians to support officers and men of the armed forces fighting the insurgency war, noting that their bravery and patriotism must never be in vain.

Ambode stated this on Tuesday after performing the laying of wreath and release of pigeons in commemoration of the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration held at Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos, the Governor called for prayers for military personnel in the battlefront to win the war and keep Nigeria as one indivisible entity.

Represented by his deputy, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, Governor Ambode said that 15th of January has remained sacrosanct in the political history of the country as it was a time to reflect on the sad memories of the civil war and also to appreciate the gallant warriors for their heroic exploits which have preserved the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria.

The representative of Lagos State Governor & Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Idiat Oluranti Adebule, inspecting the Guard of Honour

“This is also a platform to commend the officers and men of the armed forces who are engaged in one military exercise or the other to combat insurgency and other threats to our territorial integrity. We remain grateful to you for your bravery and patriotism to put your lives on the line for our country.

“I call on every Nigerian to rise up to the occasion and support our men and women engaged in theatres of war with prayers so that they would achieve resounding victory over those who threaten our peace and national sovereignty,” the Governor said.

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While congratulating the legionnaires and families of late ex-servicemen for the success of this year’s Armed Forces remembrance activities, Governor Ambode assured that his administration remains committed to their welfare and well being.

He also called on Lagosians and indeed Nigerians to show love and care to the families and the loved ones of those who lost their lives while defending the country, which according to him, would further reassure them that their loved ones had not died in vain.

The Deputy Governor took on the first duty of inspecting the guard of honour mounted by the combined detachments of the Army, Navy, Airforce, Police and the Nigerian Legion immediately she arrived the venue of the ceremony.

After the wreath-laying ceremony, several gun salutes were fired and the Deputy Governor led others to the pigeon case, where she released the birds to signify peace.

Other notable personalities, who performed the laying of wreath ceremony, include representatives of the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly; Chief Judge of Lagos State; Oba of Lagos; Service Commanders of military and para-military formations, a representative of the widows of the fallen heroes, among others.

Saraki Seeks Better Welfare For Military, Ex-Servicemen

President Muhammadu Buhari, VP – Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President – Bukola Saraki, other top officials during the Armed Forced Remembrance Day.

 

President of the Senate, Mr Bukola Saraki, has called on the Federal Government and military authorities to prioritize the welfare of both their serving and retired personnel.

According to him, this was necessary considering the enormous sacrifices they render to sustain the peace and security of the country – a statement from his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, quoted Saraki as saying on Monday during the Armed Forces Remembrance ceremony in Abuja.

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“While serving members of the armed forces must be made to feel that their effort at protecting the territorial integrity of the country and assisting in the maintenance of law and order internally – often at the risk of their very lives – is not in vain, the welfare of the immediate families of all our fallen heroes must be given due consideration,” he said.

Bukola Saraki laying a wreath in honour of the Armed Forces in Abuja.

 

The Senate President lauded the national attention being accorded the nation’s armed forces through the annual celebration of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

Speaking further, he noted that it was time to do more for members of the armed forces still serving and those who have retired, while not neglecting the families of the fallen heroes.

“I must commend the Federal Government for its commitment to ensuring that the nation’s armed forces are fully catered for in terms of operational logistics and welfare packages. But there is room for more when you consider that these are men who have given their all and continue to give their all for the security, stability, and prosperity of the country,” Saraki said.

The chief lawmaker also pledged that the National Assembly will continue to ensure that all bills relating to the Armed Forces’ operation and welfare are given accelerated consideration and passage from time to time.