By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has called on corporate organisations in the state to partner with his administration to assist to families of fallen soldiers in order to reduce their burden.
Governor Emmanuel stated this today in his speech to commemorate this year armed forces remembrance celebration day in Uyo, the state capital.
The Governor, who lauded the patriotism, courage and bravery of the fallen Soldiers in order to keep Nigeria a one indivisible country, urged people of the state to reflect and forget not their families in a hurry.
“As your Governor, I preach peace, I preach love and I preach togetherness. These attributes have been the articles of faith to which I am inexorably committed to pursuing and will continue to uphold no matter the push to act otherwise. I enjoin all to submit and ascribe to these laudable tendencies.
“As we celebrate these heroic compatriots, let us also spare a moment and ask ourselves: Have we given back to them the corresponding sacrifice they made? How is the family they left behind faring? Are the children they left behind proud of the sacrifice their parents made for peace and security to reign in our nation?”
The Governor, who pledged that his government would continue to support the legionnaires, reassured them that the pains and sacrifice they made for collective safety of all is deeply appreciated.
He also urged people of the state to shun politics of bitterness and hate speeches as well as any act that create disharmony but make Akwa Ibom and envy of all in order to woe investors to the state.
“….. let us collectively say to ourselves that in this unfolding political climate, that we will not stoke the embers of hatred, we will play politics of inclusion, we will exercise deep sense of circumspection in our utterances and behaviour, knowing full well, that as leaders and stakeholders in this piece of God’s own real estate, words we utter and actions we take have deep and profound meaning.
“Let us pledge to ourselves and prove to all that Akwa Ibom State is like a city on the hill, enchanting, inviting, beguiling and as such we must protect it with every fibre in us,” Governor Emmanuel added.