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Armed Forces Remembrance Day – Bishop Ezeokafor Wants a United, Secure Nigeria

By Abuchi Onwumelu

As activities marking the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day took place across Nigeria, Nigerians have been urged to intensify efforts at ensuring a united, secure and indivisible nation.

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. PaulinusEzeokafor, made the call in a homily during a Concelebrated Eucharistic Holy Mass to mark this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration in Anambra State.

Bishop Ezeokafor said any government that could not protect the life and property of its people was worthless and should not be seen or regarded as a government, emphasizing the need for adequate security.

The Catholic Prelate showered encomiums on security agents, both serving and retired, for their dedication to the task of protecting Nigerians and appealed to the Federal Government of Nigeria to ensure that necessary logistics were provided to enable the security agents to carry out their duty effectively and efficiently.

‘Those in-charge of the entitlements of the retired and deceased security agents must ensure that the beneficiaries received it as and when due. The way and manner those in authority try to siphon monies meant for the welfare and well-being of the security personnel is highly condemnable and is a grievous sin before God and man,’ Ezeokafor said.

He advocated the appointment of service chiefs based on merit and not based on primordial inclinations to ensure that those called to serve did so diligently and wholeheartedly, noting that the security of life and property of the people should not be sacrificed on the altar of nepotism, favouritism and religion.

Bishop Ezeokafor enjoined all to be patriotic and support the security agents as they needed to be encouraged and commended, adding that they risked their lives for the nation.

Continuing, Bishop Ezeokafor urged the Federal and state governments to borrow a leaf from Anambra State’s security architecture which, he said, hadmade the state the most secure in Nigeria.

The event was attended by Governor Willie Obiano, represented by his Deputy, NkemOkeke; top state government functionaries, as well as all the Service Commanders in the state.

Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor’s right, 6th from right, poses with some dignitaries after a mass to mark this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka, Jan 12. On his immediate left is Dr Nkem Okeke, Anambra Depv Gov

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