Buhari Spends Independence Day With Troops In Maiduguri

President Muhammadu Buhari (3rd l); Gov Kasheem Shettima of Borno State (3rd r) cutting Independence Anniversary Cake with the Service Chiefs during the President's visit to troop of the Nigerian Armed Forces at the headquarters of Operation Lafiya Dole to mark the 57th Independence Day Celebration in Maiduguri on Sunday (1/10/17) 05219/01/10/2017/ICE/NAN

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday visited Maiduguri, Borno State to mark this year National Independence Day in order to honour the courage and sacrifices of the Armed Forces who are at the forefront fighting Boko Haram insurgents.

The ceremony which was marked with a display of military hardware and a show of air power by the Air Force took place at the Maimalari Military Cantonment which houses the headquarters of the Theatre Command, “Operation Lafiya Dole.”

In an impromptu speech he made after inspecting the military guard of honor, President Buhari praised the gallantry of the Armed Forces for the successes recorded in defeating terrorism in the North-East and lawlessness in the Niger Delta and gave assurances that the country’s Armed Forces will be equipped with the best the country can afford.

“Under this leadership, there will be resources as much as the country can afford to support your operations. As long as you live and in service, your rights will be guarded jealousy,” the President said.

He asked members of the three arms of the military to return the gesture by being steadfast and loyal.

“You must stand firm for your country. The center is determined to hold. You must be loyal to the center. If Nigeria breaks, you are the first line of losers so you must stand firm for your selves and for the country. The security of the country is in your hands and in the hands of God,” he stressed.

President Buhari reiterated an earlier warning in his National Day Broadcast that the country will not break up under his watch and dismissed those agitating for its division as dreamers who were not born when the country went through a debilitating civil war in which two million lives were lost.

“Those who are making noises were not born, so they don’t know what we went through. They don’t know. I like to remind you that whatever happens, you are at the front lines of the defence of the citizens wherever they live. This administration is prepared to protect all citizens residing in all parts of the country.”