PRESIDENT BUHARI LAUNCHES 2021 ARMED FORCES EMBLEM WITH N10M
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, October 28, launched the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem and Appeal Fund with N10 million.
The event took place at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The launch holds annually to raise fund in honour of the nation’s fallen heroes.
The ceremony was witnessed by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and Dean of the diplomatic corps.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, National Security Adviser, NSA, Major General Babagana Mungonu (Rtd), the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, were also in attendance.
Ministers physically present at the Council Chambers were Ministers of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and that of Defence, Major-General Bashir Salihi Magashi, retired.
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olanisakin, Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Director General, Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi, and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Rufai also attended the event.
President Buhari, in his remarks, urged Nigerians to desist from marking divisive statements that threaten national security.
He noted that the event is to remember the nation’s fallen heroes and veterans as well as those currently fighting insurgency and banditry in the northern parts of Nigeria.
The President commended the gallant soldiers, who despite the impact of COVID-19 have remained steadfast in uniting the nation.
He promised timely releases of resources for operations and welfare of the armed forces.
The President also reassured Nigerians that security will continue to be at the forefront of his administration until peace returns.
President Buhari also administered the oath of office to Isa Kwarra, as Chairman of the National Population Commission.
Other members who also took the oath of office in three groups of four were Ibrahim Mohammed from Bauchi State; Ayodeji Ajayi, Ekiti, Joseph Kwai Shazin of FCT and Garba A. Garba of Jigawa State.
Second batch were Bala Almu Banya from Katsina State; Alhaji Razaq Gidado,Kwara State, Mrs Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin, Lagos, Ali Silas Agara from Nasarawa State.
The last batch sworn in were Muhammed Chuso A. Dottijo, Sokoto State, Mai Aliyu Mohammad, Yobe and Muhammadu Muktar Rini from Zamfara State.