#1 » Erudite (f) from Naija » January 15th, 2012, 10:33 pm
Nigerian Armed Forces Remembrance Day took place today for 2012. The event is usually marked by the members of the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force and Legion.
It is a unique occasion for the government and society at large to soberly reflect on the plight of the families of the dead and the living heroes and heroines with a resolve to minimize, if not eliminate their problems.The wreath laying ceremony which is the peak of all the activities would be held on 15 January 2012, that is today. Here are some pictures:
2012 Armed Forces remembrance day ceremony held at Remembrance Arcade Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. Sunday January 15, 2012..


In attendance were President GEJ, his vice, Speaker of HOA and many other dignitories. More pictures to come...


#2 » Erudite (f) from Naija » January 15th, 2012, 10:42 pm
President Jonathan's speect at NAFRD:

President Jonathan, who spoke at the 2011 Armed Forces Remembrance Day denominational service held at the National Christian Centre amidst tight security, called on the congregation and Nigerians to pray for the country’s armed forces and other security agencies, saying their work had continued to keep the nation together.

Disclosing that Nigerians sometimes seemed to dwell more on the excesses of some personnel, the president called on Nigerians to remember them in prayers as they were people who had sworn to die for other Nigerians to live.

“You will recall immediately after independence in 1960, a week after Nigeria sent her first contingent for peacekeeping in the Congo’s. From that time till today, including the civil war, the crisis in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country, including some parts of the north, people have been paying dearly, passing sleepless nights; people have paid the supreme price for the country to remain peaceful, for us to live and move freely.

“These people need to be remembered; they are mainly in our Armed Forces, the Police and other security agencies. Sometimes, we always look at the excesses and some of the individuals in these services, sometimes we probably don’t really appreciate the kind of job they have been doing over the period and the sacrifices they make.”

It is only when you are affected by the loss that you appreciate their work”.

“If you are a lady by the time you return from the market and you are told that your husband was shot dead by an armed robber or a militant or a religious activist, that is the time you will know that these people are people we should all pray for always. This is a segment of our population that has signed to die for us to live.

“Today we remember those who have passed on and call on all Nigerians to pray for them, their widows, children and dependants that God will provide a window for them to cushion the suffering of those whose husbands paid the supreme sacrifice for this nation.

“We use this opportunity to call on all Nigerians to live in unity because for a nation to grow, for us to develop, we must be united in all aspect of our endeavours. Just like in a company, if all management staff decides to do what they like, definitely that company will collapse, if you are leading a disunited army to war, definitely you will not win the war, so as a nation for us to develop we must unite”.

“We also call on Nigerians not to see ourselves as different people, yes we are diverse crop of people, we are talking about 250 ethnic groups, even our environment is different from coastal to dessert, but all these diversity should be converted to our strength because that is how God has created it. The diversity of the environment and of the individual is a major resource that could be exploited to strengthen our development”.

“If we unite and work together as people with common destiny, then surely Nigeria will get to where it wants to go, surely our hopes and dreams that by the year 2020 we will play big at the level of our economy will be realized. But if we don’t unite and continue to see ourselves as pockets of individuals that exist on an island, that have no relationship with others then our development will be doomed”.

“So my brothers and sisters, we plead with all of us to join hand together as a people with common destiny and aspirations so that we get to our promised land”

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