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‘Your efforts will never be in vain’ — CDS asks troops to be resolute in defeating security threats

Christopher Musa, chief of defence staff (CDS), has asked the Nigerian Army (NA) troops to remain resolute in defeating all security threats in the country.

In a statement on Sunday to commemorate the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Musa said the efforts and dedication of the troops in defending the country would never be in vain.

Armed Forces Remembrance Day is celebrated annually on January 15 to honour the servicemen and veterans of the Nigerian Army.

He expressed appreciation to the troops who sustained injuries while discharging their duties to the nation.

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“It is with great pleasure that I felicitate with all officers and men of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on this solemn occasion of the Armed Forces Celebration and Remembrance Day 2024,” the statement reads.

“As we all know, this event is conducted annually to commemorate the unwavering commitment and heroism demonstrated by our nation’s servicemen and women in various military operations.

“Additionally, this day holds great significance as it provides us the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices, bravery and commitment of our fallen heroes in defending the territorial integrity of our country.

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“We remember and pay our collective tribute to them for their sacrifices not just today, but every day as they gave ‘their today’ for ‘our tomorrow’.

“On this special occasion, let me also honour and acknowledge the immeasurable contributions of our gallant officers and men both serving and retired.

“Your selfless dedication to service in protecting our nation’s freedom and security has resulted in the relative peace which we enjoy today.

“I assure you of my unremitting support as you continue to uphold our values of respect for the rule of law, professionalism, loyalty to constituted authority, discipline, selfless service and courage.

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“For those who have suffered one form of injury or the other, we appreciate you and we will continue to pray for your quick recovery. Similarly, for those who have passed on, we thank you for your great sacrifices.

“Always remember that all your efforts and steadfast devotion in defence of our democracy and national unity in line with our constitutional roles will never be in vain.

“Furthermore, as we reflect on the gains achieved so far, I charge you to remain resolute in defeating all forms of security threats so as to ensure enduring peace and security in every area of our dear nation.

“On my own part, I will continue to prioritize your welfare while steering the affairs of the armed forces in line with my leadership philosophy which is to nurture a professional armed forces of Nigeria that is people-centric, capable of meeting its constitutional responsibilities in a Joint and collaborative environment.

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“I therefore urge you to continue to remain vigilant and uncompromising in the discharge of your constitutional responsibilities.”

He commended President Bola Tinubu and the families of the troops for their support to the armed forces of Nigeria.

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