President Goodluck Jonathan made the call on Sunday in Abuja during Church Service at an inter-denominational church service held at the National Christian Centre, called on Nigerians to be steadfast in their prayers for members of the Armed Forces and their families for their sacrifices in the war on terrorism.
The president said the Armed Forces and other security services deserved the prayers and commendations of Nigerians for laying down their lives to defend the country’s unity and territorial integrity.
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“Let me call on all Nigerians to continue to pray for the armed forces, their families and their wives because it is not easy to be wife of a soldier especially when he is posted to a state like Borno.
“We know what they are passing through; they need our prayers; we have to commend, encourage and support them,’’ he said.
The Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration is an annual event organised by the Ministry of Defence to honour the nation’s fallen heroes who la!d down their lives in the defence of the nation.
The event is also used to honour veterans who are alive and solicit financial support for their well-being and the families of the fallen heroes.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “Appreciating the Nigerian Armed Forces.”
The president noted that the security challenges facing the country could have been worse but for the gallantry and commitment of the armed forces in the fight against the insurgency.
While acknowledging the “inadequacies” in the military, the president restated the commitment of government to continue to kit and equip them to protect the citizens.