Reporter :ONYINYE CHIJIOBI
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State says the activities of Nigerian Armed Forces are instrumental to the unity and growth of the country.
Governor Obiano stated this at the 2021 Wreath laying and Parade ceremonies to mark the end of the Armed Forces and Remembrance Day celebration at Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka.
January 15 every year is set aside by the Nigerian Government as Armed Forces and Remembrance Day in honour of fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives for the good of the nation.
According to Governor Obiano, the 2021 occasion reminds Nigerians of the need to guard jealously the unity of the nation, which was won at a great cost.
The Governor, who stressed that ‘‘Nigeria’s strength lies in her diversity,” honoured the memory of the nation’s fallen heroes and veterans, recounting their sacrifices during the First and Second World Wars, the Nigerian Civil War and Peace Support Operations around the world.
He also paid tribute to men and women currently engaged in internal security operations, particularly the ongoing fight against insurgency, terrorism and banditry in some parts of the country.
Governor Obiano lauded members of the Armed Forces for remaining steadfast in the difficult task of restoring peace and security in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the entire world.
He pledged timely provision of adequate resources and necessary logistics support for the Armed Forces.
The Governor reassured the people of the state of his administration’s commitment towards creating an enabling environment in which all citizens were guaranteed of freedom and returns on investments.
Chief Obiano, who reminded the people to wear their face masks always, expressed delight that the Nigerian Legion had continued to be a rallying point of veterans, doing a lot in catering for the welfare of ailing members.
Governor Obiano, led the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr. uchenna Okafor and other service chiefs to lay wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier (Cenotaph).
The Governor also released the white pidgins as symbol of peace followed by 21 gun salute.
Heads of military and paramilitary agencies in the state and top government functionaries graced the occasion.