Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State says his administration will continue to appreciate the efforts of the Nigerian Legion, Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies towards ensuring that the state and the country remained peaceful, secured and United.
Governor Ikpeazu stated this at the grand finale of the 2020 Armed Forces and Remembrance Day held at Aguiyi Ironsi Cenotaph in Umuahia.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Ude Okochukwu, Governor Ikpeazu noted that the ceremony would rekindle the collective and individual resolve of Nigerians to live in peace and harmony with one another irrespective of ethnic or religious differences.
The Governor maintained that the Armed Forces and Remembrance Day was to honour members of the Nigerian Armed Forces that lost their lives in several national and international conflicts for the country and the global environment to remain in peace and unity.
The Chairman Nigerian Legion Abia State, retired Commander Ambrose Nnabugwu, called for support from individuals, government, and other stakeholders to the welfare of the legion.
Also, the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Constance Ukachi, said that the ceremony was part of government’s efforts towards remembering the fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives for the unity and peace of the country.
Highlight of the event was the laying of wreaths at the feet of the unknown solider by the representatives of the Governor and the commander 14 Brigade Nigerian Army Ohafia; the Commandant Nigerian Navy Owerrinta, the State Commissioner of Police, Chairman Nigeria Legion Abia State and the representatives of widows of commissioned and non-commissioned officers.
The Deputy Governor later released some white pigeons, which signified peace and love among one another.