Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that Heaven and Nigerians won’t ever honour members of the Nigerian Armed Forces engaged within the snatching of poll packing containers and rigging of elections.
Speaking throughout an inter-denominational Church Service marking the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration on the Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Rumuepirikom on Sunday, Governor Wike urged them to be skilled.
He stated: “We are not honouring those who are unprofessional and carry ballot boxes to influence the electoral process.
“I urge members of the Armed Forces to choose the right path in the interest of the country. It is unfortunate that the military has lost its integrity because of some unprofessional personnel. Nobody is afraid of the military because of their unprofessional conduct.
“Those who come to rig election or kill Rivers people, Heaven will never remember them.”
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Governor Wike stated that he has been vindicated by the admission by INEC Chairman that safety companies had been accountable for the electoral malpractices that marred the final elections.
He stated: “I thank God that the chairman of INEC has owned up that the problem with elections are the security agencies. This confirms all I have said in the past.”
He, nonetheless, praised the Armed Forces for the roles they’ve performed in preserving the unity of the nation.
“But for them, kidnappers, cultists, insurgents, and armed robbers would have taken over the country “, he said.
Governor Wike called for the institution of a reward system to encourage soldiers put in their best for the country.
In a sermon, Venerable Samuel Chimele called on soldiers to be professional in the discharge of their duties to the nation.
He said: “As we remember our fallen heroes, be professional. There are temptations to the military to be unprofessional, but strive to be professional.”
He stated that troopers who interact in unprofessional acts will go unrecognised in the long term, even once they benefit from the earthly promotion.
The cleric stated that the army has no enterprise trying to enthrone totally different ranges of management within the nation. He stated they need to give attention to offering safety and defending the nation’s territorial integrity.
In the sermon titled: “Faithfulness in Service: The Hallmark of a True Soldier “, Venerable Samuel warned troopers in opposition to the ruthless use of energy in opposition to nationwide curiosity.
Prayers had been stated for the fallen heroes and God’s blessing upon their households. Prayers had been additionally stated for the Government and folks of Rivers State, the Federal Government, and the Armed Forces.
The International Service marking the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration witnessed reward and worship, with providing to help the Nigerian Legion.