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Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and Mrs. Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, have called on Nigerian authorities to take adequate care of the families of fallen heroes, especially those who died on the battlefield.
Atiku said this in a message to mark the 2016 edition of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, in Abuja, on Sunday.
In the message made public by the Atiku Media Office, the former Vice-President, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, paid special tributes to the officers and men who lost their lives in the line of duty.
He called “on the authorities to take adequate care of the families of fallen heroes.”
Also, Mrs. Buhari, expressed the hope that there would be a time that Nigeria would be free from terrorism and insurgency.
She said this in her message on the Armed Forces Remembrance Day posted on her Facebook page on Sunday.
The President’s wife expressed the belief that the sacrifices of the nation’s heroes would not be forgotten.
The President’s wife stated, “As we remember our fallen heroes today, I pray for those they left behind.
“Our heroes will never be forgotten. Their sacrifices and labour of love will not be in vain.
“I am assured that a time will come when there will be zero terrorism and insurgency in our land.
“To our gallant troops who have fought and are still fighting to restore peace, I say thank you.”
Atiku equally commended the selfless service and sacrifices of the Nigerian military, especially with its recent victory over Boko Haram terrorists.
He was also quoted as commending the “remarkable, incredible, unflagging and patriotic sacrifices of our military personnel in the line of duty and in the defence of the country.”
The former Vice-President said this shortly after his arrival from an overseas trip at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Sunday.
He observed that since the end of the civil war in 1970, members of the armed forces had not faced greater challenges than today in the face of counter-terrorism war against the Boko Haram insurgents.
“Apart from sapping energy and resources, counter-terrorism is one of the most stressful security duties. The performance of our military personnel under these gruelling challenges is admirable and praiseworthy,” he said.