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Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Nigerians urged to avoid war situation

By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowoopejo
Lagos State Com-missioner for Home Affairs and Culture, Mr. Babatunde Balogun has enjoined Nigerians irrespective of religion, ethnic background to make conscious efforts at avoiding situations that could lead to war in the country.

The Commissioner gave the advice yesterday at the state’s Secretariat Mosque, Ikeja, Alausa, shortly after the Jumat service organised by the ministry as part of activities to commemorate the forthcoming 2010 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

Balogun while calling on Nigerians to remain patriotic and avoid situations that could lead to a repetition of the Nigeria civil war era, recalled that a lot of Nigerians, including military officers lost their lives for the peaceful existence of the nation.

His words: “In the course of defending the nation, these past heroes died. This service is to remember them and it is also an opportunity to call on Nigerians to remain patriotic and avoid situation that will lead to war”.

In his comment, the Commandant of the Nigeria Airforce Base, Ikeja, Group Capt. Abdul Salam,  said the country should avoid situations that led to the death of the soldiers and Nigerians that died during the war.

He explained that the Jumat service and all other activities relating to the Armed Forces Remembrance Day was meant to raise funds for the fallen heroes.

Salam therefore charged servicing military officers to plan ahead so as to secure the education and future of their children.

Earlier, a senior lecturer of the department of Islamic Contemporary Studies, Dr. Lateef Adetona, who delivered the sermon at the Jumat, cautioned military officers not to see themselves as special people in the society but part of the society.

According to him, it is common to see military men behave among civilians as special people, especially in filing stations when trying to purchase fuel.

“Military men should submit to the country. Do not see yourselves as special class of people. For instance, if they go to the filing station, they do not stay on the queue like others, it is not the best for them,” he said.


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