Former Vice President of Nigeria and PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar says the sacrifices of the members of the Nigerian armed forces are too enormous to be measured or quantified.
Atiku made the declaration in Akure, the capital of Ondo State, shortly after joining other Nigerians at a special prayer for members of the armed forces, at the PDP secretariat in the state.
In a tribute to mark Nigeria’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day held on January 15 of every year, Atiku says “the greatest and most heroic sacrifice is to lay down your life in defence of your country and its citizens.”
According to Atiku, “no monetary reward can ever adequately pay back members of the armed forces who put themselves in the line of fire in order to protect their country against its enemies.”
“Our military personnel have faced tough challenges in recent years in view of the terrorist campaign of violence against innocent people and soldiers, but I am impressed by their gallantry and indomitable will to face the enemy without losing their commitment to their professional calling”, Atiku said.
The former Vice President explained that “confronting an unconventional army of terrorists and bandits who have no regard for the rules of engagement has presented a new warfare challenge for members of our armed forces.”
“I am, however, greatly delighted”, he said, “that despite these new warfare challenges, you have proved yourselves and stood up resolutely to these unconventional enemies.”
According to him, “our military personnel need total support and constant prayers for their unquantifiable sacrifices in the service of Nigeria.”
While emphasising the need for adequate equipment, Atiku also appealed to the government to “deal promptly with all welfare issues of our security personnel in order to keep up their morale.”