The Bishop of United African Methodist Church, Ijemo, Abeokuta, The Right Reverend Noah Adekanbi has called on well-meaning Nigerians to assist the families of fallen heroes who died while defending the territorial integrity of the country.
The Right Reverend Adekanbi made the call while delivering a sermon entitled “Remembrance of our giants” at a special church service to commemorate the 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration held at the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter, Ake, Abeokuta.
While pointing out that the services of the fallen heroes made the country stronger, the Cleric stressed the need for relevant authorities to be sensitive to the needs and yearnings of the families of fallen heroes.
The Right Reverend Adekanbi also called on youths to shun violence, thuggery and any act that could hinder the successful conduct of the forthcoming general election.
In a remark, Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun urged parents and guardians to ensure that their children and wards were not used as thugs during the forthcoming general election.
In a Related Development, Officers in the Military, paramilitary, government functionaries, political leaders and other worshippers thronged the Jesus house of the Redeemed Christian church of God, Oke -Ijebu Akure in Ondo state for a special service marking this year’s armed forces and remembrance day.
In a sermon, titled appreciating the sacrifice of our patriots, Pastor Elijah Ajibade charged Nigerians to always acknowledge the sacrifices of the military.
Pastor Ajibade encouraged Nigerians to be more patriotic, law-abiding and put more effort into interceding for leaders at all levels of government rather than condemning them.
Speaking at the service, commandant 32 artillery Brigade General Muktar Adamu represented by Lt Colonel Andrew Osueke appreciated the state government for supporting the military and charged Nigerians to stand up for peace in Nigeria.
In an address, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu noted that the sacrifices of the military could not be swept away as many of them paid the ultimate price of keeping the country together.
He called on the people to continue praying for Nigeria to overcome its numerous challenges urging the citizens to be patriotic during the forthcoming election.
Pastor Emmanuel Igbadon and Pastor Mrs Ayo Ajibade led the congregation in intercessory prayers for the families of the falling heroes.
Officers and men of the Nigerian army, FRSC, Nigerian Legion, Nigerian Air force, Nigeria police and cabinet members of the state executive council, and state lawmakers led by the speaker graced the colourful event.
Bolanle Adesida / Isaac Afolabi
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