Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state has advised the federal government and Nigerians to pay special attention to the families of the 22 squaddies who have been ambushed and killed by using terrorists in Monguno, Borno State, on January 8.
Emmanuel who made the pleas on the 2019 military remembrance day and wreath-laying rite in Uyo stated Nigerians should be extra bonded in cohesion as a manner of showing appreciation for the splendid sacrifices and patriotism of the fallen heroes who fought to maintain the state indivisible.
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“On January 1, 2020, like each one folks, the twenty- squaddies had celebrated the new 12 months with their households and can have made complex plans for what the brand new yr and the brand new decade may also constitute of their lives. Their youngsters may have seemed ahead to their fathers using them to high school on the first day of resumption of instructions among different little responsibilities that cement the bonds of family.”
“but due to the fact they’d pledged allegiance to the flag and the upkeep of our territorial integrity whilst known as upon by using their superiors to respond to the call of obligation, the family took a returned seat; they hurriedly kitted themselves of their various war gears and off they went to the theatre of war. As they sped to their operational zones, they knew the trip can be their closing, as the possibility of an ambush became a clear and present chance. And, that’s exactly the fate that came about them. They had been brutally killed, laying down their lives for a motive greater than their own.”
“As we mark this solemn day, allow us to spare a concept to the widows of those 22 soldiers, their youngsters, dependants and indeed thousands of others who had previously given their lives at diverse theatres of struggle so we may also live in peace and tranquillity.”
He entreated Nigerians to attempt to replicate the type of limitless love verified to the usa by using men of the militia, by doing greater appropriate to one another regardless of ethnic and political affiliations.