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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Restoring peace to Nigeria is your best legacy – Wike hails Buhari for defeating Boko Haram, others

Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts at “defeating insurgency in parts of the country.”

The governor spoke at the Government House, Port Harcourt after the wreath-laying ceremony to mark the 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day at Isaac Boro Park.

Wike said the best legacies Buhari could leave for the country were the restoration of peace in all troubled geopolitical zones and free and fair elections in February and March.

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He said the armed forces have been at the forefront of eliminating Boko Haram and other armed insurgents in the northwest and northeast, including the “unknown gunmen” in the southeast of the country.

Wike said Buhari’s efforts at coordinating a successful military intervention would be a legacy for sustaining free and fair elections.

“I commend our President, General Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for his sustained efforts at defeating the Boko Haram insurgents and bandits terrorizing and destroying our communities in parts of our country,” he said.

“The restoration of peace to our troubled geo-political regions, and the conduct of the free and fair general election are the best legacies you can live for our country.

“As leaders, our goal must be one Nigeria, one destiny, and the challenges of building a more fair, inclusive, and just society are not beyond us.

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“Therefore, I will not relent in my prayers to God to enable Mr President and other leaders of our country to succeed in our mission and commitments to our country.”

The Rivers governor called for a prioritisation of the welfare of the armed forces in and out of service alongside their families, adding that they should be given attention from the public purse.

He donated N100 million as part of the state’s efforts to empower veteran servicemen.

“As a state government, we have, over the years, provided financial support to our veterans through the state office of the Nigerian Legion,” he said.

“We have since redeemed the N50 million pledge we made during the remembrance emblem appeal fund launch in December 2022.

“Today, I wish to donate the sum of N100 million on behalf of the state government for the economic empowerment of the veteran servicemen from Rivers state.”

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