As the nation celebrates her 62nd Independence Anniversary today, a civil society organisations (CSO) has commended officers and personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) for their sacrifice in defence of their fatherland.
The group, which operates under the canopy of the Unity Advocacy Group (UAG), assured the AFN that troops’ sacrifice in sustaining peace, order and democracy generally, will not be in vein.
Conveying its good wishes in an Independence Day message, the UAG noted that the sacrifice of Officers and men of the AFN has been a major factor binding the country together.
In a statement by the Convener, Ifeanyi Aigbedio, the group argued that the sustained aggressive military operations going on across theatres, accentuate the patriotic zeal, and determination of the AFN to ensure the inviolability of the nation.
This was as it said the promise by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor that Nigerians will soon heave a sigh of relief over the insecurity plaguing the country, will soon come to pass
‘”President Muhammadu Buhari even confirmed the successes of ongoing military operations during recently.
“We are proud of what our military (Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, and Nigerian Air Force) are doing across the country.
“Bandits/terrorists, and economic saboteurs have received the message that Nigeria is not safe for them. That is why you see them surrendering en masse.
“Most importantly, we at UAG are glad that the Chief of Defence Staff has personally taken interest in the anti-bunkering operations in the Niger Delta region and other oil producing areas”, the statement said.
It added thus: “As we mark 62 years of nationhood, we have no option but to come together and fight the enemies of the country. Those who don’t want us to live in peace must reap reward for the evil seed they sow.
“We at UAG wish the CDS and entire Armed Forces of Nigeria a happy Independence celebration,” the group added.