The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has admonished all citizens to give honours to the souls of the military men that were lost in the fight for the integrity and safety of the country.
Prince Dapo Abiodun stated this, during his special address at the Special Jumat Service of the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration, at the Central Mosque, Kobiti, Abeokuta on Friday, 7th of January, 2022.
The Ogun State Governor who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Engineer Noimot Salako Oyedele, in his speech, said that, the labour of our heroes’ past shall never be in vain, adding that, the peace, the people were enjoying today was as the results of the sacrifice the Military men had made.
He commended the heroic act, those previous leaders, service men and women had displayed to ensure that, the integrity and safety of the country never got overpowered.
Speaking further, Prince Abiodun implored all Nigerians to find the way forward and make sure that, they take a collective responsibility on the unity and integrity of the country.
He added that, everyone has a part to take in what this country becomes in the future, so as to give a united Nigeria to the future generations.
The Governor reassured his commitment to having a State, which is a Haven for all citizens.
He noted that, insecurity was bred by hopelessness and the fear of future, adding that, he had put in policies to ensure that, the socio-economic well-being of all citizens was safeguarded.
According to him, those plans were to improve the citizens’ standard of living, in order to keep them hopeful and believe in the collective unity of the country.
He reconfirmed that, his vision was placed on the policy of ‘ISE YA,’ where they had split, on the development agenda under the themes, ‘Infrastructure, Social development, Education, Youth empowerment, Agriculture, Security and Job creation,’ so as to create opportunities for the youths, men and women, in order to ensure that, the State was in better place.
Also speaking, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo reiterated that, if people were called to lay down their lives for others, no one would answer, adding that, the military men were worthy to be honoured and celebrated everyday.
Oba Gbadebo also appreciated Government for their consistent adherence and support, adding that, all retired Military Officers’ pension were being paid promptly.
He called on Nigerians to appreciate the Military Officers for what they were doing, risking their lives for the safety of the country.
He claimed, if there were no Armed Forces in the country, invaders would penetrate and ravage the land.
The Egba Apex Monarch also commended the Nigeria Armed Forces for their job well-done and their aims in promoting peace, unity and progress in the country.
Alake’s entourage at the occasion, were, Balogun of Egbaland; Chief Sikirullahi Atobatele, Olu Itori; Oba Akorede Akamo, Baba Adeen of Egbaland; Chief Rasheed Raji, Onijaye of Ijaye Titun, Onijale of Ijale Papa, Baaroyin of Egbaland; Chief Layi Labode
Dignitaries present at the Occasion were, Alhaja Selimot Olapeju Otun, Awujale of Ijebu land; Oba Sikiru Adetona represented by Dagunrewe ti Idowa; Oba Y. O. Adekoya
President, League of Alfas, Sikirullahi Babalola, Chief Imam of Egbaland; Alhaji Sa’adallah Bagbola, Baba Adeen of Egbaland; Rasheed Raji, Head of service, Ogun State; Dr Nofiu Aiyigoro, Commissioner for Information and Strategy; Dr Waheed Odusile, Dr Muyiwa Orukotan, Paramount Ruler of Yewaland; Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, represented by Olu Imashayi; Oba lukman, Dr Adewale Olomu, Dr Iskeel Muhammed Lawal, Mr Kehinde Onasanya, Alhaji Olarewaju Saka.