Buhari arrives Borno, celebrates independence with Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram

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The President, who marked the country's 57th anniversary with military ceremonies in Maiduguri, said: "This administration is prepared to protect all citizens residing in all parts of the country".

Nigerian soldiers participate in an operation in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno, March 16, 2016.

He warned however that such freedom was now "open to abuse", a tacit reference to the secessionist agitations in the country's southeast led by the now proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Tukur Buratai, Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Abubakar Sadiq, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, Theater Commander Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, Department of State Services (DSS) Director-General Mamman Daura and Shehu of Borno Abubakar Umar Garbai El-Kanemi.

Immediately after the brief reception at the NAF Base, President Buhari was airlifted with a NAF Agusta 109 Light Utility Helicopter to the venue of the celebrations in Maimalari Barracks.

In a related development, Muhammad Bello, FCT Minister who applauded President Buhari's efforts toward building a brighter future for the coming generations, harped on the need for Nigerians to embrace peace and tolerance.

He also commended Borno State Gov. Kashim Shettima for his courage and exemplary leadership during the crisis.

"You must stand firm for your country".

It is no gainsaying that the vestiges of these tensions remain very much with us today; and as such, the demand for restructuring or rearrangement of the country should be taken seriously by our political leaders and other stakeholders across the nation. The fact that we have come this far as one united country gives us a reason to celebrate.

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While admitting that terrorism is an ongoing battle the government is deeply involved in, Buhari maintained that the armed forces had made remarkable strides in scaling down the security threats by Boko Haram and other insurgents.

Osinbajo, who spoke at the 2017 Independence Day interdenominational church service held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, reminded the congregation that the Bible also encourages them to love their enemies.

"We haven't lost focused".

"The country must first be secured". Nobody can do his job when there is insecurity.

"But, we urge Nigerians to thank God for the unity of our country and successful exit from recession", Adama said.

"Thirdly, we have to kill corruption in this country in whatever form it shows itself".

In his welcome speech at the ceremony, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin, commended the president for showing a lot of care for the Armed Forces.

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