Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has commended members of the Nigerian Armed Forces for their gallant roles in protecting the country from Boko Haram and Islamic State insurgents.
Professor Osinbajo at the church service commemorating the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, praised the men and women in the military for laying down their lives, pointing out that they gave up all the comfort of life and the affection of their families “that we may enjoy the same.”
He noted that this year’s Remembrance Day event was more painful in view of the loss of 13 soldiers and five Air Force officers who recently died fighting Boko Haram insurgents.
However, Osinbajo pointed out that members of the Nigerian Armed Forces had destroyed the backbone of the Boko Haram insurgents, which had terrorised major states in the north and Abuja with impunity and hoisted their “tattered flags” over 17 local governments in the North-East.
“Today, both Boko Haram and ISIS West Africa operate as small, even if deadly, guerilla bands in parts of Borno State. But in these battles we have been sharply reminded that indeed ‘freedom is not free’.
“So, as we celebrate this Remembrance Day, we solemnly thank the Almighty God for giving us men and women ready to obey the call to fight and if need be die for the fatherland.
“We are grateful that they were faithful to the cause; that they did not betray the trust of millions; that they gave up all the comfort of life and the love and affection of family that we may enjoy the same,” he said.
Osinbajo said the best tribute to the fallen heroes is to ensure the nation’s unity and peaceful coexistence and the nation’s gratitude to the military must also mean a commitment to ensuring that their families were cared for.