Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has hailed the sacrifice of the Nigerian military in keeping the country safe and united in the face of unprecedented terror.
According to the opposition, the military had withstood "forces tugging at the very core of its existence."
In a statement from Abuja late Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, ahead of 2015 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, the party said Nigerians owed the gallant men and women of the Nigerian military a debt of gratitude for their courage, perseverance and sacrifice in defence of all that Nigerians hold dear.
It called on all Nigerians to show their unalloyed gratitude to the uniformed forces by supporting them unconditionally in their ongoing fight against terror.
"It was American politician Virgil Goode who said 'we need to thank all of our troops, and particularly those for whom we can never express enough gratitude for they have given their lives so that all of us may be free and that our democracy can be a shining light for the rest of the world," APC said.
"It is in this light that we urge all our compatriots to remember, especially in their prayers, the gallant troops who are currently battling the virulent insurgency in some parts of our country, against all odds"
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APC said there was no better time than the occasion of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day to do this for the troops, as well as to spare a thought for those who gave their lives in defence of the country's cherished values' APC.
The party said in view of its all-important role in ensuring the security and unity of the nation, the military must always be above the fray, and must never be compromised by partisans.
"Never must this critical national institution allow itself to be compromised on the altar of politics. Never must it be dragged into the mud of unbridled partisanship, and never must it be used against the corporate interest of the nation."
Armed Forces Day Remembrance Day is celebrated annually on 15 January.
It was formerly celebrated on 11 November of every year to coincide with the Remembrance Day (Poppy Day) for the World War II veterans in the British Commonwealth of Nations.
However it was changed to its current date in commemoration of the surrender of Biafran troops to the Federal troops on 15 January 1970, thus concluding the Nigerian Civil War that sought to tear apart the unity of Nigeria.