Politicians have been advised to concentrate on issue-based campaigns in their electioneering and avoid causing tension among the people.
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello gave the advice in an interview with newsmen at the end of the 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration held at the World War 1 and 2 Cenotaph in Lokoja.
According to the Governor, some self-serving politicians would use the electioneering to sponsor violence but promised that government would apprehend any individual or group found disrupting peace in the state.
The Governor who restated the government’s commitment towards safeguarding the lives and property of citizens urged members of the public to avail security agencies of credible information to ensure safety.
Alhaji Bello praised the gallantry of the armed forces personnel, the police as well as other security agencies in the state both serving and retired noting that remembering the fallen heroes was key given the sacrifices they made for the country.
On his part, Kogi State Chairman, Nigeria Legion of Ex-Servicemen, retired Warrant Officer David Salawu expressed the hope that government would improve on the plight of retired armed forces personnel and families of fallen heroes.
Also speaking, Kogi State Security Adviser, retired Navy Commander Jerry Omodara noted that the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration was significant in showcasing the synergy in the operations of security agencies in bringing about peace in Kogi state.
While applauding the cooperation of citizens, Omodara emphasized that government would not relent in its efforts as it continually reviews strategies for curbing terrorism, crime and criminality in the state.
The 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration featured wreath laying, an inspection of a parade mounted by the Nigeria Army, Nigeria Navy and Legionnaires, 21 gun salute, the symbolic release of white pigeons as well as free medical outreach by the Defence Health Maintenance Agency.
Similarly in Ilorin the Kwara state capital, Nigerians have been told to continue to encourage and support the Armed Forces to succeed, in their duty of maintaining peace and territorial integrity of the country.
Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq made the call at this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Ilorin, Kwara State.
While hailing the gallantry of fallen heroes Governor Abdulrasaq said it was necessary as a country to continue to immortalise the fallen heroes for being patriotic and sacrificial in their bid to guarantee the safety and survival of mankind.
The programme was organised by the state branch of the Nigerian Legion, under the chairmanship of Brigadier Gen. Abdulkadir Anigiobi (Rtd).
AbdulRazaq, who earlier inspected the guards of honour and laid his wreath among other security echelons and personalities, expressed confidence that Nigeria is indivisible despite all security challenges.
He also said robust security controls are being worked upon by President Muhammadu Buhari to create a peaceful environment for the conduct of elections come February.
The brief ceremony had in attendance cabinet members and other government officials; security chiefs, academics and other dignitaries, including the deputy Governor Kayode Alabi; deputy Speaker Kwara State House of Assembly Hon. Raphael Adetiba; Acting Chief Judge of Kwara State Justice Abiodun Ayodele Adebara;
Reports are written By Ohikwo Mohammad and Lawrence Afolabi.