Buhari: ‘Nigerians are determined to remain as one people,’ President says

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President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari made the comment on Monday, November 16, 2015, during the launch of the 2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem and Appeal Fund at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigerians are determined to remain united as citizens of one country.

Buhari made the comment on Monday, November 16, 2015, during the launch of the 2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem and Appeal Fund at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The president’s comments come after weeks of protests by pro-Biafra secessionists in Nigeria’s Eastern region.

“Today’s occasion reminds us of the need to appreciate the noble contributions of our fallen heroes who paid the supreme sacrifice to maintain national and international peace and security,” Buhari said.

“Our nation has recently celebrated 55 years of political independence and continues to remain as one indivisible entity despite several grievous challenges. Since independence, Nigeria has witnessed a lot of internal strife, survived a civil war and has remained united.

This feat achieved by the country is an eloquent testimony to the determination of our citizens to remain as one people. The sacrifices of our fallen heroes, heroines, and veterans who rose up to the security challenges cannot go un-noticed,” he added.

The pro-Biafra protesters have been gathering under the umbrella of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and are believed to be continuing agitations for the release of Radio Biafra boss, Nnamdi Kanu from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Protests have taken place in Enugu, Asaba, Onitsha and Owerri over the past two weeks leading to at least one confirmed death.

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A demonstration in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on November 10 resulted in the deaths of at least three people, an eyewitness told Pulse.

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Kanu was arrested in Lagos in October and has reportedly been granted bail but is yet to be freed.

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