Embrace Peace, Dialogue, Uduaghan Tasks Nigerians

By Sunday Egede
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan has called on Nigerians to embrace dialogue and abstain from provocative utterances and actions that would create tension in the country.
Governor Uduaghan who made the call yesterday during the launching of the 2015 Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem Appeal Week in Asaba, said that Nigerians should shun anything capable of jeopardising the peace and security of the nation as the country prepares for the 2015 general elections.
According to him, we (Nigerians) owe it as a duty to our nation to seek the path of peace, reconciliation, justice and equity at all times in order to create a harmonious atmosphere for the consolidation of democracy in the country.
“It is pertinent that we also use this period of the 2015 Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem Appeal Week to reflect on the need to avoid future violent conflicts in the society by doing everything possible to promote peace and harmony at all times”, he said.
The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay, added that “we should continue to pray so that the present security challenges facing the nation especially in the north-eastern parts of the country do not escalate”.
Uduaghan stressed the need for Nigerians to pray for those in Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Libya, Kenya, Egypt, Mali, Tunisia, South Sudan and other crises areas across the world.
“Since this ceremony (2015 Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem Appeal Week) is an annual event, I will like to use this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to you all (Deltans) for the support you have rendered to the Nigerian Legion in the past”, he said, even as he urged them not to relent in identifying with the aspirations of members of the Legion.
While saying that the state government has always demonstrated great concern for the welfare of Legionnaires in the state, the governor implored members of the Legion to reciprocate government’s gesture by organising themselves and embarking on meaningful projects and programmes that complement the efforts of government to improve the living standard of ex-service men.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Delta State Chapter, Lt. Col. Daniel Armereh (CNC) had said that the ceremony was an annual event meant to honour the fallen heroes of the two world wars and the Nigerian civil war, adding that the ceremony was, also, a forum for raising funds for the welfare of the disabled soldiers, just as he expressed appreciation to the state government and Deltans for the support that they have been given to members of the Legion.