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Nigeria’s unity remains sacrosanct — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday reaffirmed that the unity of Nigeria remained sacrosanct .

He also charged the Nigerian Armed Forces to shun politics and show respect to constituted authorities .

The President, who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo , spoke at the combined passing out parade of the 65 th Regular Course and the 44 th Short Service Course of the Nigerian Army at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna State .

He said, “ I must again emphasise the fact that the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria remain sacrosanct, in accordance with our constitution . We therefore all have a responsibility to eschew hateful, divisive speech and conduct , and every other thing that might undermine our national unity and cohesiveness. ”

Buhari also called on the Nigerian military to evolve new ways of tackling internal security challenges .

He charged the graduating cadets and members of the military to remain loyal and submit to civil authorities .

He commended members of the Nigerian Armed Forces for keeping faith with the nation’ s democracy spanning 18 years and urged them to dedicate themselves to the oath they swore to uphold.

“ The subordination of the military to civil authority has been a cherished age-long practice that has promoted military professionalism in all parts of the world . It is a tradition that must be sustained and strengthened in our country .

“ To achieve this , all our men and women in uniform must continually re-dedicate themselves to the oath they have sworn to and subject themselves to democratic and constituted authority. We must subsume personal interests to the overall national aspirations of peace, unity , and justice, ” the president added..

Buhari also challenged the military to evolve ways of collaborating with the private sector for research and innovation.

No fewer than 600 cadets comprising the Army , Air Force and Navy were commissioned as second lieutenants .

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