Armed Forces Day: Obaseki pays respect to fallen heroes, hails efforts at sustaining Nigeria’s unity

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has urged for reflections on the sacrifices of Nigerian fallen heroes for their contribution to the country’s unity.

The governor made the call at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Benin City, the Edo State Capital.

Obaseki said this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration was remarkable as it marks 50 years since the end of the Nigeria Civil war.

He noted that the sacrifices of the fallen heroes should not be taken for granted but rather serve as a reminder that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable.

The governor said, “This year’s celebration is quite remarkable and it should remind us that people sacrificed their lives to keep this country united. This should be a solemn occasion to acknowledge what the Almighty God has continued to do for us as a country and also remember that never again should we allow the incidence that led to the civil war reoccur.”

Chairman, Nigeria Legion, Edo State Council, Col. Sunny Eboigbe (Rtd), said the annual event should remind citizens of the essence of peace and stability as the most cherished ingredient for progress and development in any nation.

He appealed to government across all levels to initiate sustainable welfare packages for ex-servicemen and widows of fallen heroes to reduce their dependence on charity.

Armed Forces Day: Obaseki pays respect to fallen heroes, hails efforts at sustaining Nigeria’s unity
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki laying wreaths in honour of Nigerian fallen heroes at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration, in Benin City, Edo State, on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
Armed Forces Day: Obaseki pays respect to fallen heroes, hails efforts at sustaining Nigeria’s unity
L-R: Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu; Deputy Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Hon. Yekini Idiaye; Edo State Chief Judge, Justice Esther Edigin; Commander, 4 Brigade Nigerian Army, Usman Bello; Commander 107 Air Maritime Group Nigeria Air Force, Air Commodore Enorbong Effiom; and Edo State Commissioner of Police, Lawan Tanko, during Armed Forces Remembrance Day, In Benin City, Edo State, on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

 

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