Nigerians have been urged by President Goodluck Jonathan to rise and condemn those who question the unity of the country.
He made the call while speaking at an interdenominational service for the Armed Forces Remembrance Day 2013, in Abuja on Sunday.
The President said if Nigeria must attain its destination, those in government and the citizens needed to work together.
He said the country has scaled through difficult times since its amalgamation in 1914 and those who are still alive have the responsibility to reshape the country not by killing each other.
The theme for this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day is Peace and Unity.
President Jonathan noted that the gift “we (Nigerians) owe them (the fallen heroes) is the continuous unity of the country.”
He called on political leaders to embrace issues that unite the country as he also urged Nigerians to condemn all talks about disintegration.
The Church service attracted Christians from all denominations in commemoration of heroes who gave their lives in the World Wars and the Nigerian Civil War.
The day’s sermon, which was delivered by President of Nigeria’s Baptist convention, Reverend Supo Ayokunle, was on the need for Nigerians to embrace legacies left behind by the fallen heroes, which are care, provision, fear of God, faith in God, humility and love.
Among those who attended the church service for the repose of the souls of those who died while fighting to preserve the unity and integrity of Nigeria are the wife of the President Patience Jonathan, Senate President David Mark and his Deputy Ike Ekweremadu who was there with his wife, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Emeka Ihedioha.
Other are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Anyim Pius Anyim along with Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo Iweala and other Minister; Service Chiefs, law makers, former governors and members of the diplomatic corps.
Arch Bishop John Onaikan, Bishop Okoh and several other members of the clergy attended the church service.