Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has called on citizens of the country to spare a thought for those who paid the supreme prize in their quest to protect the lives and property of Nigerians as well as to defend her territorial integrity.
The Governor spoke on Sunday at the Assumpta Catholic Cathedral Owerri at a Thanksgiving Church Service to mark the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day officially slated for January 15.
Governor Uzodimma commended members of the Armed Forces for paying the supreme prize for the unity, peace and protection of fellow humans in Nigeria in general and Imo State in particular.
He specifically lauded them for their efforts in Imo State, recently, that made it possible for the indigenes and residents to celebrate the Christmas and New year festivities peacefully and in a conducive environment.
The Governor seized the opportunity to thank the Archbishop, Most Rev Dr. Anthony JV Obinna and his team for the spirit-filled Homily and the take away from the Service.
Uzodimma informed that the Government and the Armed Forces were at the Church Service to show solidarity to the families of the deceased soldiers who lost their dear ones trying to defend our fatherland and protect the lives and property of the citizenry, “and to encourage the serving ones to continue in their good works to keep Nigeria one and Imo State in peace.”
However, the Governor noted that occasions of this nature should be used to “discourage those who are not officially authorized to carry arms to drop their arms and stop causing trouble in the society.”
He reassured Imo people that he has come “to serve with the fear of God,” reiterating that what he saw on assumption of office was “too bad” but that “by the Grace of God” he is making “frantic effort to surmount them.”
The Governor added: ‘’ I came. I saw and I will conquer.” He also reminded the congregants that it is not every decision of government that will go down well immediately with them, but that with time, they would appreciate why such decision or policy was initiated.
“It is only when such administration may have come and gone that such decisions will be better appreciated.”
Governor Uzodimma reminded his audience that all the challenges faced today in Nigeria in general and Imo State in particular are not peculiar them, noting, “rather all over the world there are challenges of either economic or social nature.”
Earlier in his homily, Most Rev. Obinna had cautioned the Armed Forces against what he called “unreasonable wickedness, hatred, brutality and enslaving of human beings and use of military weapons to intimidate the people.”
He rather urged them to imitate “God’s unreasonable kindness that made Him to send His only begotten Son to come and lay His life for us all,” noting that we all will give account of our stewardship when we come face to face with our creator.
All the Armed Forces Chiefs serving in Imo State – Army, Navy, Air Force, the Police, the Correctional Services, the DSS, the Civil Defence Corps were represented at the thanksgiving Service.