The Nigerian Army vowed it would not bow to the security challenges confronting the nation, Boko Haram sect in particular, confirmed it remembered its fallen heroes.
Major General Garba A. Wahab, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army, stated this during the church service in honour of the fallen heroes at St. Peter’s Military Catholic Church, Ribadu Cantonment, Kaduna, on January 12, 2014, Sunday.
The event was a part of activities marking the 2014 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
The message of the GOC has been transferred by Brigadier General Clement Olukoju, Commander of 51 Signals:
“Even though many have died in their efforts to ensure the security of Nigeria and protect its territorial integrity, the military will not relent in its support to the civil authority by ensuring internal security.“We must continue to do our job; we must continue to sacrifice. If we do our job effectively, even God will be happy with us. We must never be discouraged irrespective of the challenges we are passing through, irrespective of the people we have lost.“God in His word said we should put on the armour of God, so that, we would be able to withstand the evil day.”“What we are passing through today are things we have not experienced in the past in this country, so we don’t need to be weakened; we don’t need to be discouraged; we don’t need to be weary. All we need to do is to rely on what God has given to us and His word.“Therefore, no matter the situation, we will never relent; we will never succumb; we will conquer. Because God has promised us that at the mention of His name, all knees will bow”, he said.
In his sermon Reverend Father Martins Dogo (Lieutenant Colonel) stated the fallen heroes should not only be remembered by laying of flowers on their graves, but by taking care of the families they left behind.
The message by the Governor of Kaduna State Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, which was announced by his deputy, Amb. Nuhu Audu Bajoga, confirmed that necessary measures were being put in place to take care of the fallen heroes’ families in the state poverty alleviation programme.
It also added that the labour of the fallen heroes will not be in vain.