OUR FALLEN HEROES SHOULD ALWAYS BE CELEBRATED FOR PAYING SUPREME PRICE TO KEEP NIGERIA ONE AND SECURE -GOV ABIODUN
Nigeria Armed Forces, particularly the fallen heroes have been described as the best symbol of Nigeria’s peace, progress and common existence that must be remembered and celebrated.
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun stated this at the special Jumat Service to commemorate the 2021-Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the Central Mosque, Kobiti, Abeokuta.
Represented by his Chief of Staff Alhaji Shuaib Salisu, the Governor said the role of Nigerian Armed Forces cannot be over emphasised at ensuring peace keeping, most especially in the ECOWAS nation, saying, they are force to be reckoned with.
Governor Dapo Abiodun said that the Nigerian Armed Forces were the protectors of our unity because they protected our internal territory and cohesiveness, particularly now that our Nation is experiencing serious security challenges.
The Governor said we should celebrate from time to time, our Armed Forces, the way we celebrate our civil servants, politicians, traditional institution and the media because of their roles in ensuring peaceful atmosphere.
Governor Abiodun reminded the gathering that the task of nation building ‘was not an exclusive responsibility of a sector, rather it was a collective task, calling on Civil Servants, media and traditional institutions to keep defending and protecting the nation’s peace and unity.
The Muffassir of Egbaland, Ustaz Taofiq Amolegbe, during his sermon, said many of the soldiers in their prime fought for the nation, leaving behind families which should also be remembered through prayers and gifts adding that the heroic soldiers did not wish for their untimely death.
Amolegbe, reading from Quran Chapter 22 verse 58, said thar Nigerian soldiers needed to be appreciated because many were faced with challenges and temptations to compromise their integrity, yet they stood their ground to ensure the nation’s unity and safety.
In his remark, the Chairman, Nigeria Legion, Ogun State Chapter, Mr. Taofeek Oloyede, appreciated the State government for its support, saying that he was very glad that Nigeria Armed Forces efforts were not in vain.
The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo and representatives of some traditional rulers from Demo and Yewa, were present.
Government officers and others at the Special Jumat service were the Hon. Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Waheed Odusile, Head of Service, Alhaja Ottun; Former Head of Service, Engineer Lanre Bisiriyu; a former Ogun State Assembly Speaker, Alhaji Suraju Ad??
Members of Muslim Community Leaders present included the Egba Chief Imam, Sheikh Saadalla Bamigbola; the BabaAdeen Rasheed Raji; the Seriki Lateef Ayoola; the Bada Sherrif Ogunrinde, the Akogun Ismaila Odejimi and Olootu Layi Labode