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REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN HEROES & HEROINES

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The significance of the annual January 15 Remembrance Day celebrations is two-fold. The Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebrations hold to memorialize the servicemen of the Nigerian Armed Forces and also honour veterans the World Wars 1 and II, as well as the Nigerian Civil War. Beyond this very important objective, this significant occasion evidently serves as a tonic for the current generation of the military who are out there at home and abroad fighting to keep and enforce peace on behalf of some of us, ‘’bloody civilians’’ who cannot pull the trigger. The importance of this event is underscored by President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech at the Launch of the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem and Appeal Fund in which Mr. President stated that: We seize this opportunity to pay tributes to those men and women currently engaged in Internal Security Operations, particularly the ongoing fight against insurgency, terrorism and armed banditry in some parts of the country. ‘’Despite the global Coronavirus Pandemic, these gallant officers and soldiers have remained steadfast in the difficult task of restoring peace and security in our nation. ‘’We honour the memory of our gallant officers and men who have paid the supreme sacrifice in order to keep the country united as one entity. The nation remains grateful for the efforts and sacrifice of the Armed Forces especially in the fight against insurgency and other internal security challenges confronting Nigeria.’’ IT IS NOT EASY TO HAVE DISREGARD FOR DEATH Even German dictator, Adolph Hitler recognized what he called ‘’the historical truth’’ and asserted that ‘’I must verify that only the Greeks, of all the adversaries who confronted us, fought with bold courage and highest disregard of death. Elsewhere, Winston Churchill, one-time British Prime Minister and a 1953 Nobel Prize Winner is quoted as declaring that: ‘’Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace, and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war’’. A UNESCO Report indicates that ‘’The First World War had significant implications for Africa as more than a million African soldiers were involved, as more men, as well as women and children, were recruited, often forcibly, as carriers to support armies whose supplies could not be moved by conventional methods such as road, rail or pack animal. ‘Over 150000 soldiers and carriers lost their lives during the war. Many more were wounded and…

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