Amidst threats of secession, ethnic and religious killings in some parts of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the Army to ensure that the country remains one and strong indivisible entity.
The President who also received the captured flag of Boko Haram terrorists from the Sambisa forest from the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Lucky Irabor of the Nigerian Armyâ€Ž, spoke at the 2016 Regimental Dinner organised by the Presidential Brigades of Guards in Abuja. The dinner was an annual event to mark the end of drilling year and also provides the rare opportunity for officers to interact with their commanders.â€Ž
Speaking at the event, President Buhari who went down memory lane, remembered his ordeal which he said would have cost his life. But despite the development, the president said he had a good time, serving the army for 25 years. He charged the military to ensure the unity of the country, saying it was sacrosanct.
â€œI belive you are here because you want to be here and you cannot complain. We will do our best to build the national institutions in the country.
â€œAll these political madness in the country were in the north east, the Niger Delta or in the East.
â€œThere are 250 ethnic groups, so keeping Nigeria one is a task that must be done. So, even for personal reason you must make sure this country stays one and remain strong.â€
Speaking on the state of the economy, president Buhari recalled his position on the devaluation of the Naira, hike of the petroleum products among others. According to him, he rejected similar advise by the IMF, World Bank to devalue the Naira as a military Head of State.
â€œI refused and gave my reasons and the next thing I knew I was removed and detained for three and half years. â€œAs a civilian president I will do my best and Iâ€™m telling you all these because you are part of the leadership of this great country and God willing we will remain greatâ€, he said.