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Fallen soldiers are martyrs, says Abiodun


Director, Department of State Services (DSS), David Tuska (left); Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson; Commandant of the 32nd Artillery Brigade, Abeokuta, Brig.-Gen. Ehimwenman Amadasun; Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun; Chairman, Ogun State Branch of the Nigerian Legion, Taofeek Oloyede and Deputy Governor of the state, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, during a church service in commemoration of the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Ake, Abeokuta… yesterday.

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun yesterday said that those military officers who died in active service should be regarded as martyrs.

He, therefore, enjoined the people of the state not to wait until the next Armed Forces Remembrance Day to support the wives and families of the fallen soldiers.

Like the early Christians, who died in the defence of their faith, Abiodun said these “military martyrs paid the supreme sacrifice for Nigeria to remain one and for us to sleep with our two eyes closed.”

He urged fellow Nigerians to look around their neighbourhood and stretch out their hands of fellowship to them.

Abiodun said these at the special church service held to mark the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day held at the Cathedral Church of St. Peters, Ake, Abeokuta.

The governor said that his administration would continue to support the Nigerian Legion and living heroes and also ensure that it improves the welfare of all retired service personnel.

He said: “I want to enjoin all of us that let us not wait until the Remembrance Day of 2021. Let us look around us; let’s find a widow; let’s find a widower; let’s find an orphan of a fallen soldier and let us reach out to them. May the labour of our heroes are not in vain.

“As an administration, we shall continue to support the Nigerian Legion. We shall continue to appreciate all our fallen heroes. We shall continue to support our living heroes with equipment. We will ensure they are better motivated and we will look after their welfare so that you and I can sleep better at night.”

In his sermon, Bishop of Yewa Diocese, Rt. Revd. Michael Oluwarohunbi, said that the first thing that comes to mind when the day is mentioned is peace.

The bishop, who commended the governor for being a man of peace and for carrying everyone along, said that if the country keeps failing to learn from its past, it would continue to repeat the mistakes of the past.

The clergyman urged the Federal Government not to interfere with religious matters but “be sensitive to the yearnings of the people, increase the financial support being given to the families of fallen heroes and give positive consideration to the restructuring of the country.”

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