Anambra Government extols Nigeria Armed Forces, celebrates fallen heroes
By Chisom Okpala
Awka, Jan. 16, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Government has extolled the Nigerian Armed Forces and celebrating fallen heroes, who lost their lives to protect the country.
Gov. Willie Obiano noted that it took efforts of men and women of the Armed Forces to protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria.
``It is their duty to maintain the peace that we have domestically in our fragile democracy.
``As we remember our fallen heroes today, let us not forget their families, who lost their loved ones.’’
The Governor was represented by his Deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke during the wreath laying, ceremonies to mark the end of 2020 Armed Forces remembrance celebration at Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka.
He condoled with the families of the fallen heroes, assuring them of his support to care and protect them, as well as the retired ones among them.
Gov. Obiano emphasised the need to provide security agencies with enabling environment and logistics to promote life and property across the country.
``We must continue to better our security network, as there is no place for criminality in our society.’’
Obiano while calling on the general public to provide necessary information to security agencies in order to enable them to serve better, added that information was paramount for effective security delivery.
``Know your neighbours and report to security agencies anyone who will not stand up as citizen of your community for proper monitoring of such person,’’ the Governor stressed.
Retired Major Ifeanyichukwu Nwankwo, Anambra State Chairman Nigeria Legion, lamented the level of neglect accorded to the legion, saying a lack of fund had been part of the problem facing the legion.
Nwankwo called on the state government and philanthropists for more support to help to finance the legion’s activities, pledging that they would continue to uphold its integrity.
Managing Director, Anambra State Signage and Advertising Agency, Mr Jude Emechetta said the celebration was to remember those who sacrificed their lives for the good of the country.
He commended the tight security witnessed in Anambra, calling on the Federal Government to improve on the welfare of security personnel and equip them appropriately.
Others dignitaries present include Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr Uchenna Okafor, Anambra Acting Chief Judge, Justice Onochie Anyachebelu, Anambra State Head of Service, Barr. Harry Udu, traditional rulers and the clergy.
Heads of security agencies – the Police, Navy, Army, Air Force and Civil Defence attended the event.
The ceremony featured the laying
of wreaths, firing of shots and release of pigeons. (MOI)