Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration: Gov. Ikpeazu speaks on the security, unity of Nigeria
Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has called on all to show greater commitment to the unity of the nation and the task of building a greater and better society as a mark of honour for the sacrifices of the men and women of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
The Governor represented by his Deputy Sir. Ude Oko Chukwu made this call during the grand finale of this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration held at the Agunyi Ironsi Cenotaph, Ogurube layout Umuahia.
Gov. Ikpeazu maintained that his administration will continue to prioritize security and always partner the Nigerian Legion and other security Agencies in their efforts and determination to sustain the prevailing peace and security in the state.
Ikpeazu further reeassured that his Government will not also relent in it’s support and encouragement to the Nigerian Legion and other Security outfits.
He noted that the ultimate remembrance and perfect honour the nation can give to their fallen gallant heroes is to let the solemn ceremony to be in tandem with their individual and collective resolve to live in peace and harmony with one another in order to contribute to national and globe environment where wars and conflicts will be reduced to the barest level.
He asserted that the annual Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration remains a testimonial that Government at National and Subnational level and Nigerians appreciate the sacrifices of the fallen and living heroes and heroines in ensuring the unity and security of the Nation and world at large and stressed the need for all to be active participants in all efforts aimed at supporting the Nigerian Legion and surviving members and families of the nation’s fallen gallant men and women at all times.
The Solemn ceremony featured Special Prayers for the fallen heroes and members of the Nigerian Armed Forces; Minute Silence for the fallen heroes; 21 Gun Salute; laying of wreaths by the representative of the State Governor, the Speaker, State House of Assembly represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Chris Ezem; the State Acting Chief Judge; the Commander, 14 Brigade Nigeria Army Ohafia; the Commandant, Nigerian Navy Account and Finance School, Owerrinta; the Commissioner of Police, CP Mustapha Mohammed; the Chairman, Nigeria Legion, Abia State and South East; the Commissioner for women Affairs and Social Development, Deaconess Rose Nna Urenta; the Chairman Traditional Rulers Council, HRM Eze Joseph Nwabekee; Representative of Commissioned and Non Commissioned officers as well as the release of the pigeons signifying peace.
The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Okey Ahiwe, top Government Officials, the Head of Service, Sir Onyii Wamah, Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Military Formations and Security Outfits among other dignitaries graced the ceremony.