Written by on January 18, 2021

Governor, Nyesom Wike has called on the Federal Government to change the Service Chiefs in order to allow for fresh ideas and strategies in tackling the threats of insecurity in the country. 

Governor Wike made the call while addressing Legionnaires at the grand finale of the 2021 Armed Forces and Remembrance Day Celebration held at the Open Court of Government House, Port Harcourt.

The State Chief Executive who noted the efforts made so far by the country’s Service Chiefs in the battle against insurgents, Boko Haram, killer herdsmen and bandits said the call became necessary because despite the efforts, the threats appeared to be overwhelming the nation’s security agencies.

He observed that Boko Haram, bandits and killer herdsmen had continued to overrun communities randomly, killing and abducting helpless people, destroyed private and public property with relative ease, emphasizing that time has come for the Federal Government to take decisive action and end such menace. 

Governor Wike stated that all Nigerians were gracious beneficiaries of the various sacrifices made by the Armed Forces as they put their life in line to defend the country. 

According to him, the least duty every Nigerian owe the soldiers, veterans, and their families is to continue to remember, honour and celebrate them for their extraordinary courage in service and sacrifice to the country. 

Governor Wike reiterated the need to have an enduring reward system for officers and men of the Armed Forces to encourage them in their sacrifices to the country. 

He said his administration had continued to implement such financial support policy for security personnel of Rivers origin because of the importance it placed on the selfless sacrifices that they made to keep Nigeria united and in peace. 

Highpoints of the 2021 Armed Forces and Remembrance Day Celebration were the inspection of the guard of honour, release of the pigeons of peace by Governor Wike, laying of wreaths in honour of fallen soldiers at the Cenotaph of the unknown soldier at the Boro Park, Port Harcourt, twenty-one gun salute and prayers for the repose of the late ex-servicemen and the Nigerian Armed Forces.

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