Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has called on the Nigerian Army and government at all levels to look into the plight of widows of soldiers who lost their lives in active service.
He has also commended the Nigerian military for their efforts in saving lives and bringing peace to parts of the country ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency.
Emmanuel who made the call during the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Uyo expressed displeasure over the deplorable condition many of the widows have found themselves in after the loss of their husbands.
The governor reminded relevant authorities that the families of the late soldiers deserve improved attention since they died in the course of saving the lives of others and protecting the unity of the country.
“Let me reiterate our commitment to addressing the challenges of the Nigerian Legion. Let us as individuals and corporate citizens pledge to lift up those they left behind. Let us stand by the families of the departed soldiers, the widows, their children and ensure that we minimize their sense of loss,” he said.
He stressed that the love the fallen soldiers had for the country far outweighed their primordial or personal considerations and called for the same sense of brotherhood to remain with soldiers, even when they are out of the foxhole.
“One of his legacies, which we should not lose sight of so that today’s noble event will not be just another routine affair, is that as they there was no tribe in the foxhole. When bullets were flying, bombs blasting and grenades exploding, the men in the trenches did not define themselves as Hausa/Fulanis, Yorubas, Igbos, Ibibios, Annangs or Tivs.
“They saw themselves as brothers who were united in pursuit of a cause that was stronger than their primordial or personal considerations. Let that sense of brotherhood remain with our soldiers, even when they are out of the foxhole,” the governor said.
Emmanuel also paid tribute to the Unknown Soldier for fighting for the freedom of the human race in the First and Second World Wars respectively in honor of the dignity of the Black race.
“They fought to disprove Hitler’s race theory of the inferiority of the Black Race. They fought and died so that we may live in freedom, dignity and peace. The fought and died for equality and racial justice in the world.
“We honor the memory of these brave officers and men who died in combat, so that we can live in peace. They gave up their dreams, so that we can live our dreams. They watered the tree of freedom with their blood so that we can breathe the air of liberty. So we come here today to honor his life, pay tribute to his sacrifice, gallantry and bravery, and celebrate his legacy.
“We are gathered today to honor his memory as one of the thousands of Nigerian soldiers who fought and died for global peace and freedom from tyranny that men of little minds and narrow vision had preached; that led to the First World War, the Second World, the disagreement among brothers and sisters that led to the Nigerian Civil War and the many other peace keeping missions we have been involved in.
“We must commend them for defending our national interest and the unity of our nation. Let us never forget that those that they are fighting against are murderous bunch with no respect for the sanctity of the human lives or their God’s given rights. Let us not forget that they are defending our democracy. Let this be a day of national consecration when all Nigerians would pray that this evil of Boko Haram we see today we shall see no more in our shores,” he stressed.
He called on Nigerians to be spurred on by the memory of the late soldiers in sustaining our democracy and building a united and peaceful country.
“We must let the courage and bravery of the Unknown Soldier challenge us and leave us with a deeper faith in this country. We must let his sacrifice spur us to respond to the call of our country and build a nation bound in freedom, peace and unity,” Emmanuel concluded.

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