GOVERNOR EMMANUEL PREACHES UNITY, LOVE TO MARK ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY
GOVERNOR EMMANUEL PREACHES UNITY, LOVE TO MARK ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY.
Akwa Ibom State State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has reiterated the need for Nigerians of all shades and endeavours to promote the ideals for which Nigeria’s fallen heroes lived and died.
Speaking after the laying of wreath ceremony as part of activities to round off this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration, the Governor said “We have come here today to honour these men and women who watered the seed of our national unity and cohesion with their blood and toil.”
The Governor who describes Nigeria’s fallen soldiers as “a special breed of compatriots” said by enlisting in the Nigerian Armed Forces, the soldier has “instinctively accepted to put his life on the line so others may live in peace in a safe and secure environment”, adding, “there is no strand of patriotism that is higher and more ennobling than this.”
In obvious reference to the renewed insecurity in the country today, Governor Emmanuel rhetorically asked, “as we gather here today to remember these heroes, have we projected the ideals for which these heroes and our compatriots made the ultimate sacrifice? Have we banished once and for all the ancient animosities, of hatred and destructive tendencies that for long have stood between our march to greatness and sadly aided our descent into the tiny and ignoble enclaves of parochialism?”
Stressing the need for Nigerians to promote the ideal of oneness, Governor Emmanuel noted that the fallen compatriots spent long days, months and years in the foxholes, where there were no tribe, religion or party affiliations.
Again, hear him: “When bullets were flying, bombs blasting and grenades exploding, the men in the trenches did not define themselves as Hausa- Fulanis, Yorubas, Igbos, Ibibios, Annangs, Oros or Tivs, they saw themselves as brothers in the foxholes who were united in pursuit of a cause that was stronger and greater than their primordial, personal or group interest.”
Governor Emmanuel then called on corporate organisations and well-meaning Nigerians to partner with Government to support the families of the departed soldiers as a way of appreciating the pains and sacrifice they made for our collective safety.
The brief ceremony took place at the Cenotaph, off Nsikak Eduok Avenue, Uyo in company of the State Deputy Governor Moses Ekpo (MFR), and Speaker State House of Assembly, Barrister Onofiok Luke alongside other dignitaries and Government functionaries.