President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to hand over a country free from insecurity to the next generation of leaders.
He stated this on Wednesday during the inauguration of the Emblem Appeal Fund, which preceded the meeting of the Federal Executive Council.
In October, during the 2022 National Honours Award Investiture held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, Buhari had restated a pledge he made during his Independence Day speech to free the country of insecurity.
On Wednesday, he reiterated that he would hand over “a Nigeria that is free from insecurity to the next generation of leaders.”
The President also authorised the payment of Security Debarment Allowances to all military veterans in the sum of N134.7bn.
Buhari further announced the payment of N10m to the Nigerian Legion on behalf of the Federal Government during the unveiling of the 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem and Appeal Fund.
He pledged the Federal Government’s commitment to the welfare of veterans by ensuring payment of their pension and other entitlements.
“However, in order to capture all veterans hitherto excluded from the payment of the SDA, I have approved a review of the effective date of the Manual of Financial Administration for the Armed Forces of Nigeria 2017.
“Accordingly, I have also approved the sum of N134,749,953,243.69 only for that purpose,” he said.
Buhari also expressed delight that the Defence Health Maintenance Limited was living up to expectations in providing healthcare services to veterans, noting the expansion of the reach of their services through the establishment of zonal and state offices.
He assured Nigerians that the Federal Government would continue to strengthen all security agencies to enable them to surmount the security challenges in the country.
On the 2023 emblem, the President said, “It is also our humble way of appreciating the veterans and the families of their fallen colleagues.”
At the event, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, who also promised a financial donation to the Nigerian Legion on behalf of the National Assembly, praised the President for providing the Nigerian Armed Forces with “maximum support.”