Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has taken a swipe at Nigerians for the lack of appreciation of the sacrifices of personnel of the Armed Forces in keeping the country united and secured.
Wike made the observation at the All Saint’s Cathedral Church of the Anglican Communion, Rumuokwurusi Town in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area, where a thanksgiving and inter-denominational church service was organised in commemoration of the 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebrations.
He said each year, the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebrations begin with the Emblem launch, which most Nigerians ignore. According to Wike, Remembrance Crests are usually made available to be worn daily. Still, most Nigerians do not attach importance to it. He stated that pinning such crests on shirts serves as a mark of honour and a way of identifying with the men and officers of the Armed Forces of Nigeria. Refusing to wear them, Governor Wike stated, indicates a lack of appreciation of the sacrifices the officers have made in fighting to curtail insurrection, secession, crime and all forms of criminality that threaten the peace that makes a healthy country.
Governor Wike reiterated his stance on the need for the Federal Government to establish a standing welfare fund from which money can be pulled to cater for the families of fallen heroes and war veterans that have defended the territorial integrity of Nigeria.
The Rivers State governor also announced a donation of N50 million to support missions and other sundry work at the cathedral.
The service was used to offer prayers for men and officers of the Nigeria Armed Forces, unity within families of the citizenry, peace, justice and economic advancement in Rivers State and Nigeria.