- Nigeria celebrated its Armed Forces Remembrance Day on Friday, January 15
- The day was celebrated across the country with many Nigerians paying their respect to their fallen heroes
- In Akwa Ibom state, Governor Udom Emmanuel used the opportunity to preach peace and unity
Governor Udom Emmanuel has called on Nigerians not to fan the embers of alienation and divisions in the country, but to help create a nation of equal opportunities.
The governor made the appeal while delivering his speech during the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital.
According to him, the building blocks remain common humanity, where ethnoreligious passions are subsumed by the ennobling ideals of tolerance and diversity of ideas, culture and ethos.
Governor Emmanuel used the occasion to assure the armed forces of continuous partnership and collaboration between his government and the military.
He maintained that his administration has worked in close collaboration with the armed forces to add value to the improvement of the living standards of the servicemen.
The governor stated that the occasion is unique as the nation gathers to honour bravery, valour and unbridled spirit of patriotism displayed by gallant Nigerians whose blood and toll helped water the trees and fountains of our unity and cords of brotherhood.
“Every year, at various locations spread all over the vast expanse of this great nation, grateful Nigerians will gather on this day, to celebrate the gallantry, bravery, sacrifice, deep spirit of volunteerism and patriotic fervour of the men and women who elected without conscription, to sign up to defend the territorial integrity of this Nation.
“By accepting that singular patriotic act, these men and women of valour and bravery agreed to pay the ultimate price so the freedom and peace we enjoy today may not be compromised or put in jeopardy.”
Earlier today, many Nigerians took to Twitter to honour frontline troops who are making sacrifices for the country and engaging criminal elements across the country.
Comments monitored on Twitter by Legit.ng show that the significance of the day is not lost on Nigerians as they used the opportunity to pay their respects to the fallen heroes.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to reorganise Nigeria's security architecture in 2021.
The president made the promise in his 2021 new year message to Nigerians on Friday, January 1, adding that the security agencies will be trained adequately on how to engage, push back and dismantle the operations of both internal and external extremist and criminal groups.
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