Gov Mbah extols sacrifices of fallen heroes, urges sustainable peace

Governor of Enugu state, Dr. Peter Mbah has extolled the supreme sacrifices paid by the Nigerian fallen heroes, who laid their lives in defense of the country, saying their sacrifices had made citizens to live in freedom and peace.

The Governor who gave the commendation during the 2024 edition of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration held at the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu on Monday, said citizens must constantly ensure the sacrifices of the fallen men and women will not be in vain and they should ensure they maintain peace across the nation.

Gov Mbah(M)

He said the celebration is an annual event to honour the memories of the brave men and women of the armed forces who have made the supreme sacrifice to ensure that we and countless others across the globe live in freedom.

Pix- Standing(L) Chief of staff, Udeh, SSG, Prof Onyia(M)

“These selfless men and women whom we remember and honour today gave their lives in operations ranging from the Nigerian Civil War and the numerous internal security operations across the country today to various peace keeping operations in places as far as Chad,Sudan, Liberia, Sierra Leone and many others. The Governor said it was our responsibilities as the beneficiaries of their great labour of love to ensure that their high price was ultimately not paid in vain.

“The sacrifices of these our dear defenders are most certainly, not lost on us and our responsibilities as the beneficiaries of their great labour can only be to ensure that their high price is ultimately not paid in vain. “Consequently, we must constantly rededicate ourselves to the duty of maintaining peace and security across our nation.

Pix-Gov Mbah signing the register

“Not only by echewing expression of hate, or act of violence and insecurity but also by supporting our brothers and sisters in the security agencies.

He assured support for the security agents, saying , that in line with that his administration would certainly continue to support the men and women for their security services in the state.

“I would also want also reinstate our profound gratitude on behalf of the government and good people of Enugu State to the commanders, officers, soldiers and airmen of 82 Division of Nigeria Army and 553 based services group ,Nigeria Air Force as well as the members of the other security agencies for their untiring sacrifices towards securing lives and properties of citizens of Enugu State,” Mbah said.

Pix- State Exco members

He went further to say that ,”the current environment of relative peace and tranquility we enjoy in Enugu state, is due in no small measure to your efforts, which are most appreciated and will never be taken for granted .

He commended the officers, men and women of the security agencies for the cordial relationship they had maintained with their various host communities across the state

“I enjoin you all to remain the disciplined , competent, and gallant officers we have always known you to be. I join you all in praying for the repose of the souls of the members of the armed forces that made the supreme sacrifices in the service to the country and humanity.”

Pix- Gov Mbah laying wreath

Highlights of the event were laying of wreaths by Governor Mbah, Garrison Commander, Brig. General M. L. Abu, who representative the General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Major Gen. Dada, Deputy Commander Air Force 596 Base of the Nigerian Air Force, the Commissioner of Police, Enugu state Command, Kanayo Uzoegbu, the speaker ,Enugu House of Assembly, Hon. Uche Ugwu, Chairman ,Enugu state Council of Traditional rulers, Igwe Ambassador Lawrence Agubuzo, Chief Judge of Enugu state, Justice Afojulu Raymond Ozoemena and the representative of the widows of the fallen heroes.. There were firing of gun shots( gun salute) observance of one minute silience in honour of the fallen heroes and release of pigeons by the Governor of Enugu state, Dr. Peter Mbah signifying peace

Author: Maureen Ikpeama

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