Akwa Ibom State Governor Mr Udom Emmanuel has called for a united resolve to forestall conditions that led to the out break of war where Nigerian
citizens were conditioned to fertilize the tree of liberty with their own precious blood.
Governor Emmanuel made the call during the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration held at the state Cenotaph, Uyo.
He said such conditions can be achieved through a renewed commitment by citizens of the state towards the protection of the country’s democracy and soverignty. “our commitment must be to protect our nascent democracy and the sovereignty of our nation. We must obey the patriotic call as scripted in our National Anthem and arise to her rescue so that the labour of our heroes past would never be in vain.”
He commended the gallantry of the fallen heroes who sacrificed their all for the peace of the country saying “.. we honour the memory of these brave officers and men who died in combat, so that we can live in peace. They gave up their dreams, so that we can live our dreams. They watered the tree of freedom with their blood so that we can breathe the air of liberty ”
Speaking on their exploits Governor Emmanuel observed “At other peace keeping missions we have been involved, the gallant soldiers whom we are remembering today held our flags aloft and in the true spirit of our former National Anthem though tribes and tongue may differ; in brotherhood we stand and displayed such gallantry that made us all proud.”
“When bullets were flying, bombs blasted and grenades exploded , the men in the trenches did not define themselves as Hausa Fulanis, Yorubas, Igbos, Ibibios, Annangs or Tivs rather they saw themselves as brothers in the foxholes who were united in pursuit of a cause that was stronger than their primordial, personal or group interest”
Governor Emmanuel therefore called on the people to let the courage and bravery of the Unknown Soldier challenge and leave them with a deeper faith in the country. “We must let his sacrifice spur us to respond to the call of our country and build a nation bound in freedom, peace and unity.”
He reiterated his administration’s commitment to addressing the challenges of the Nigerian Legion and passionately called on individuals and corporate bodies assist in this regard by lifting those the Soldiers had they left behind. “Let us stand by the families of the departed soldiers, the widows, their children and ensure that we minimise their sense of loss.” The Governor stated.
Mr Emmanuel used the occasion to express appreciation to the Federal Government for setting up two Brigade Commands in the state, commended the Armed Forces for their service to the State and country and pledged his readiness to continue to partner with the Nigerian Legionnaires and celebrate their gallant efforts at safeguarding the territorial integrity of the Nation. .
The 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration featured laying of Wreaths by Governor Udom Emmanuel, his Deputy Mr Mosses Ekpo, Speaker of the State House of Assembly Hon Onofiok Luke, Commanding Officer 2 Brigade Command , Ibagwa Commanding Officer Nigerian Air Force Detachment, Uyo State Commissioner of Police, State Chairman of the Legion, Chairman State Council of Chiefs, Uyo Local Government Chairman and Widow of a Legionnaire. Other activities were blowing of the last post and twenty – one gun salute in honour of the heroes