Armed Forces Remembrance: Dreams of fallen heroes ‘ll never be forgotten-Osinbajo
By Lawrence Olaoye
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has assured that the dreams of fallen heroes in the defence of the territorial integrity of the country will forever be remembered by the authorities.
Osinbajo gave this pledge yesterday at a commemorative service on the Armed Forces Remembrance Day held at the Ecumenical Centre, Abuja, yesterday.
The Vice President who noted that soldiers were mentioned in the Bible and christiandom because of their roles as enforcers of good over evil in the society said they are fighting for freedom, justice and equity.
On the ongoing battle of the Army against the Boko Harm insurgents in the North east, Osinbajo said “The victorious fight of our Military against the evil ideology of Boko Haram is evidence of the ascendancy of good over evil. Our men and women of the Armed Forces have in the past few years battled an ideology that supports the killing of children on their beds, and the rape and abduction of women.
“Many of our men of the forces died in the NorthEast. At some point, this evil had taken over 14 local governments. But men whose wives are now widows and children fatherless, gave their lives to take back those territories.
“Secondly, as we remember our departed military heroes, we also celebrate the attribute of brotherhood and unity that the military has demonstrated in the history of our country.
“Against Boko Haram, they stood side-by-side Christians , Muslims and other faiths. They stood and still stand united from the NorthEast, SouthEast, NorthWest, SouthWest, North Central, and South South.
“They are today mobilizing in Southern Kaduna, Christians, Muslims, and from every tribe and tongue in Nigeria to defeat hate, intolerance and terrorism.
They are prepared to lay down their lives to prove that our country belongs to all regardless of religion or ethnicity. That when any Nigerian is killed, it is evil that has prevailed. It is darkness that has won.”
“We are committed to ensuring that our fallen heroes, especially their dreams for their children will never be forgotten,” the Vice President pledged.