2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Okorocha Preaches Peace

By Vivian Iwu:

While President Muhammad Buhari, Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo, President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onahein and the Nation’s Service Chiefs performed the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Abuja amidst tight Security, Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha buttressed the importance of the Day by wearing a Nigerian Army Camouflage Uniform to perform the activities, preaching Peace.
On his arrival at the Hero’s Square, the Governor inspected a Guard of honor mounted for him by the Officers of the Nigerian Army.
He saluted the efforts of the Nigerian Soldiers for containing the activities of Boko Haram, and called on them to discharge their duties without considering their comfort or allowances.
Owelle Okorocha highlighted that the current National Security challenges posed by Terrorism, Herdsmen Attacks, and Kidnapping should not be politicised, and expressed joy that the Nigerian Armed Forces have lived up to their pledge to the Nation by sacrificing for the Unity of the Nation.
He commended heads of Security Agencies in Imo State for their efforts at reducing Crime Rates, and appealed to Nigerians to improve the living conditions of Widows of Fallen Hero’s.
The Governor expressed Government’s desire to engage some of the Legionnaires in the State Social Services in Voluntary Capacity, and urged them to step up action against further unwanted killings of Innocent Citizens across the Country.
Meanwhile, the Representative of the State President of the Nigerian Legion, Major Alex Okoro, the Chairperson Widows of Fallen Hero’s, Mrs Gertrude Chimeziri, and the Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development, Bar Ngozi Njoku were among those that delivered Speeches at the Event.
While Bar. Ngozi Njoku described this year’s celebration as successful, commending the State Government for giving priority attention to the Widows of the Fallen Hero’s and the Legionaries, Major Alex Okoro and Mrs. Gertrude Chimeziri expressed their willingness to make more Sacrifices to the State, and
appealed for more support to their families.
The high point of the occasion was the observance of a Minute Silence and Prayers for the Fallen Hero’s, Guard Salute by the Soldiers, the Governor’s  release of 27 Pigeons as a Symbol of Peace to the 27 Local Government Areas of the State, laying of Reeds at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Governor, Heads of Security Agencies in the State and other Stakeholders, including; the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Acho Ihim, and Chief Judge of the State, Justice Paschal Nnadi, and three Gun Salute in honor of the Fallen Soldiers.