Nigerian Army has always been known in the ECOWAS region for their strides in peacekeeping efforts, presently, the army is fighting terrorists, insurgents and bandits in the Northern part of the country, in the southern part of the country, militants and secessionist are contending with the army, lots of personnel have died in line of action, this has made the Government of Nigeria to declare every January as Armed Forces Remembrance day. A day set aside to honor fallen heroes. This ceremony is done accross the 36 states of the federation, Imo State inclusively. Hope Uzodimma the governor of Imo State eulogized the army descrbing them in glowing terms .

In his words, the Imo State governor said “I have yet again advocated for a united Nigeria where National integration, cohesion and cooperation should be the watchword. This formed the core of my address at the occasion of the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day held today at the Heroes Square Owerri. “

“Our Armed Forces are the best in the world. They are committed men and women who are not only energetic and patriotic, but are also fit-looking in their display at their parade performances and at the battle fronts, combating all forms of extremisms and threats to our National existence. “

“To this end, I have reassured the Nigerian Armed Forces that the Imo State Government will continue to support and corporate with them in the discharge of their official duties, and primarily, the protection of the unity of Nigeria.”

“January 15 of every year in Nigeria is a day of sober reflection meant to remember our brothers who lost their lives in defense of our dear country as well as a day to remember the end of the ugly Civil War in Nigeria which took the lives of many, but to the glory of God, today, we have a united Nigeria.Furthermore, I have reassured the widows of the fallen heroes that our Government will not relent in supporting, encouraging and assisting them in their onerous task of bringing up their families either as single parents or in any way that is possible to enable them overcome the challenges they may be facing. “

“On behalf of the Government and the good people of Imo State, we pledge to continue to support and partner with the Armed Forces in their job of defending our dear country, Nigeria”, Hope said.

Highlights of the ceremony were the salute from Parade Commander/laying of wreath at the grave of the Unknown Soldier. Other activities include the reveille and three gun salutes and release of Pigeons to signify peace, marking the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration.

“I was joined by the Speaker Imo State House of Assembly, the Acting Chief Judge of Imo State, the Army, Navy, Air Force and Police Commanders, the Chairman of Nigerian Legion, Chairman of Imo State Police Community Relations Committee and Representative of the widows of the fallen Heroes, others”, Hope Concluded.

Anthony Nwosu


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