Presidentia Muhammadu Buhari has urged the Armed Forces to remain loyal to the country.
Buhari said this while addressing troops fighting the Boko Haram terrorists in the North East as part activities marking the Nation’s 57th Independence anniversary.
“Even for selfish reasons, your loyalty ought to be to the centre, first.
“The security of this nation is in the hands of God and in the hands of the security.
“If you don’t stand firm, I assure you if Nigeria doesn’t exist, the first to be insecure are the security agencies because no matter how many parts Nigeria will be divided, nobody will take another General to preside over his country,” Buhari said.
On the agitation for separation, Buhari said, “I was involved in civil war for 30 months, I know much about this country.
“Those making noise about the stability of this country were not born then. They don’t know what it means to be a nationalist,” he said.
To the troops, he said, “I thought the only honour I can present to the military and other stakeholders on this great day is to come and address you, who are in the frontline.
“I am pleased with the Nation and responsible opinions from all over the world, congratulating this administration for the progress we have made.
“I personally thank the Governor of this state, Borno, Kashim Shettima for his courage throughout the crisis – Boko Haram insurgency.”