The federal government on Friday inaugurated a 25-man committee to commence preparations for the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
It said many more officers have lost their lives in the course of ending the insurgency across the country.
The permanent secretary of the ministry of Defence, Mrs Nuratu Batagarawa who inaugurated the National Planning Committee, charged them to come up with laudable innovations to improve the lives of the families of the country’s departed heroes.
Mrs Batagarawa acknowledged the great and selfless sacrifices of members of the Armed Forces who have continued to lay down their lives for the unity and peace of Nigeria.
She said: “In the recent past, their bravery and gallantry have led to considerable degrading of Boko Haram insurgents in the North East. This was not achieved without supreme prices paid by our gallant officers and men.
“Therefore, beyond the preparation for the glamour of the celebration, we must appreciate the sacrifices of the Nigerian Soldiers and remind ourselves of the families they left behind, who need our care and love”.
Mrs Batagarawa noted that the day was specifically to honour and celebrate members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) who have laid down their lives in the defence of our territory integrity and promotion.
The Chairman of the National Planning Committee, Major General Edmond Obi added that one of the major responsibilities of the committee would be to instill patriotism in the younger generation of Nigerians saying, “it would be necessary to catch them young”.