President Muhammadu Buhari Sunday told troops of the Nigerian Military that they would be the biggest losers if Nigeria should disintegrate as being canvassed by some interest groups.
He told them to stand firm because the country’s security was in their hands and the hands of God.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Asistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke when he marked the National Independence Day in Maiduguri, Borno state, the epicenter of the Boko Haram insurgency, to honour the courage and sacrifices of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
The ceremony which was marked with a display of military hardware and a show of air power by the Nigerian Air Force, book place at the Maimalari Military Cantonment which houses the headquarters of “Operation Lafiya Dole”.
Speaking after inspecting the military guard of honour, Buhari praised the gallantry of the Armed Forces for the successes recorded in the fight against terrorists in the North-East and lawlessness in the Niger Delta and gave assurances that the country’s Armed Forces would be equipped with the best the country could afford.
The President reiterated an earlier warning in his Independence Day broadcast that the country would not break up under his watch, and dismissed those agitation for its division as dreamers who were not born when the country went through a debilitating civil war in which two lives were lost.
President Buhari also commended the fortitude of the soldiers wounded-in-action, who were receiving treatment and wished them quick recovery.