Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has called for a special recognition for Armed Forces personnel who died in the course of defending the unity and sovereignty of the country.
The governor said this on Sunday at the interdenominational church service to mark the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance day celebration at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
In his words: “It is not easy when people would say for the sake of this country we are willing to make sacrifices. They laid down their lives to protect us. While some of us will be sleeping, they are busy fighting to defend the country, the sovereignty of this country.”
“In the course of doing that, so many died; some got injured to the point they can’t be useful to themselves again all their lives. You know how painful it is that a man goes to work with the hope that he’s coming back home, but the children are later told that they have lost their dad because he went to protect the country.
“So, we must have a special recognition for our fallen heroes and those who are still in the Armed Forces fighting.”
Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari assured the families of the fallen heroes that the government will not abandon its plans to improve their standard of living as a matter of top national priority.
President Buhari made this known through the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi who represented him at this year’s Armed forces Remembrance Day Celebration Jumat prayer, which held on Friday at the National Mosque Abuja, the nation’s capital.
He said the government is appreciative of the sacrifices of the serving, retired and soldiers who paid the supreme price towards safeguarding the Nation’s territorial integrity.