Abuja – President Goodluck Jonathan has decried attacks on members of the nation’s security services, noting that what they need from Nigerians is appreciation and not unnecessary criticism.
“All nations respect their military and their intelligence services because without these people, we wouldn’t have been here. Without these people, there wouldn’t have been any Nigeria.
“What keeps us together as a nation is the activities of these people. I use this opportunity to call on Nigerians to continue to show gratitude and appreciation to our security services” he said.
The president who spoke while hosting widows of the nation’s fallen heroes said Nigerians must learn to respect members of the nation’s security forces because the security men were on the streets making sacrifices while other Nigerians sleep in their houses.
The president said he decided to host the widows because his government appreciated their husbands who paid the supreme prices while securing the nation.
“Most of you (the widows) would have been surprised that why should the President call us here. It has not happened before. This is the first time that the President would be interacting with the wives of the fallen heroes.
“We appreciate the services of your husbands, your fathers, within the armed forces and other security agencies because we sleep while they are in fears and while protecting the nation some of them paid the supreme sacrifice.
“That is why I personally get worried when some public utterances that are not expected are made of them” the president said