President of National Youth Council of Nigeria(NYC), Alhaji Hussaini Agaire speaking after joining in performing the laying of wreath and release of pigeons in commemoration of the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration held at national cenotaph in Abuja, the Youth leader called on Nigeria Youth to engage in productive activities,not adding more challenges to existing ones for the government.
“As youth, we might have some basic expectations but we should also understand that government also has their own challenges they are battling with.
We, youths should shun violence and learn to be productive because it’s only when we are productive that we can contribute to the progressive of the society.
Not everyday creating more unnecessary challenges. It’s not just fair”, he said.
Agaire siezed the opportunity to appreciate Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari for taking out time to come and identify with Nigeria Armies, and to gallant Nigeria Army warriors for their heroic exploits which has preserved the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria and, he called on Nigerians to support them.
“What they have done today shows that they still have the courage, the determination and the zeal to protect our country.
I also want all Nigerians to be patrioctic and rise up to the occasion to support them, and is the only way we can give them courage, even one man words can restore confidence to many even in times of weakness. For insurgency fights, we are also praying for government to do more and, to fellow Nigerians, I am calling on you to also provide relevant information for them. Individual demonstration of patriotism will go a long way in encouraging and boosting their morals”, Agaire said.
He also called on each tribes and indeed Nigerians to demonstrate forgiveness among each other, which according to him, would further ensure peaceful co-existence in the nation, while calling on international communities to allow Nigeria live in peace.
Meanwhile, the laying of wreaths by President Muhammadu Buhari and other top dignitaries, put an end to the celebration activities.
Chief of Nigeria Army Staff, Tukur Yusuf Buratai arrived the venue of the wreath-laying ceremony at 11:07am, was received by the commander, Guards Brigade, Brigadier General Tamar Musa, in company with the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Etete Ibas and then Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
The president, upon his arrival, inspected the parade mounted by the Armed Forces and the Nigerian legion.
The wreath-laying ceremony started with prayers from the Director, Champlain Services of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General C. C Oroegbo, who prayed for the peace and unity of the country and for God to protect members of the armed forces as they they continue in their fight against the enemies.
On his part, Chaplain of Islamic Affairs of the Navy prayed for the widows of the fallen hero’s and their children they left behind.
He also prayed to God to erase evil on the minds of Nigerians against president Buhari.
Also, Director, Chaplain Services of the Nigerian Air Force, Group Captain Dogo prayed to God to propel the armed forces to lead the nation to greater heights and prayed against anything that would cause the nation to separate.
The ceremony started at exactly 11:28am, with president Buhari taking the lead.
He was followed by his deputy, Osinbajo, Saraki, Dogara, Onnoghen, Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Mohammed Bello, Olonisakin, Buratai, Abubakar, Ibas and Idris; in that order.
A representative of the Diplomatic Corps, chairman of the Nigerian Legion and widow of late Lieutenant Colonel Abu-Ali, Semira, also participated in the wreath-laying ceremony.