Sunday, January 17, 2016

Anambra Speaker, lawmakers shun Armed Forces Remembrance Day

None of the 30 members of the Anambra State House of Assembly was present at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day held at Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka, Anambra State yesterday.

But Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, accompanied by his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, among other government functionaries, praised the efforts of the past heroes in uniting the country.

However, the governor was worried that the activities of Boko-Haram in the North-East had given everybody a lot of concern while calling for its end in the land.

Our reporter gathered yesterday that the absence of the lawmakers from the event was as a result of a crucial meeting they held at the Assembly complex over a letter sent to them by Obiano.

Some of the lawmakers who spoke with our correspondent yesterday said the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Rita Maduagwu had been pushing to end the rift between those loyal to her and the opposition group in the house.

It was also gathered that Obiano would meet with the lawmakers any moment from now to iron out some of the grey areas in his letter seeking to use the council chairmen as transition committee chairmen.

Since the letter was written by Obiano, which was addressed to the speaker when he travelled abroad, it had caused serious ripples in the Assembly with the lawmakers threatening their Speaker with impeachment if the issue was not addressed properly.

In her message to the Armed Forces Remembrance Day yesterday, which was made available to The Nation, Maduagwu said Nigeria's fallen heroes showed uncommon patriotism for the cooperate existence of the country as well as total security of lives and property.

She noted that the fallen heroes and ex-servicemen deserved to be honoured and remembered as people who fought gallantly and sacrificed their lives for the common good of the country.

Maduagwu called on politicians and individuals to commit part of their resources to the well being of the ex-servicemen in their midst, while commending Obiano for improving their living conditions.

She said the event of the remembrance day of the armed forces called for sober reflection, especially on the bold steps of unity and internal security of the country.

For Obiano, the gallant efforts of the past heroes and the current servicemen has helped in keeping Nigeria as a united entity, adding that his administration would continue to support both the past heroes and the servicemen.

Obiano said: "Fellow compatriots, the war on terror is a bizarre warfare! It has defied the genius of many celebrated military strategists and made various superpowers of conventional warfare look ordinary.

"It is to the credit of our gallant servicemen and women that this virulent affliction has not spread beyond one region of the country.

"So, as we lay our wreaths before the statue of the Unknown Soldier across the country today, we honour their memory, their bravery and their valour.

"But perhaps more importantly, we acknowledge the priceless blood that they shed to nourish the tree of liberty."

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