By James Ogunnaike— ABEOKUTA
Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has said that the war against the insurgency can only be successful if the public provides credible and adequate information to the military and other security agencies.
Abiodun stated this at a special Church service marking this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Ake, Abeokuta.
Governor Abiodun, represented by the Speaker of the House of the State Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, pointed out that the insurgency waged by Boko Haram and others would come to an end when accurate intelligence reaches the military high command.
According to Abiodun, the war waged by insurgent groups is quite different from conventional warfare, so Nigerians must provide all logistics and information back-up to the armed forces.
His words: “I want to take this opportunity to ask Nigerians to provide our armed forces with an intelligence report that will help them continue the war against the insurgency.
“The insurgency is difficult to combat than conventional warfare and that is why we must support them.”
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Abiodun praised the fallen heroes for paying the ultimate price for the nation’s continued unity and progress and those still living for risking their lives for the peace and survival of the country.
“We will continue to recognize the sacrifice of our fallen heroes and their services to the nation.
“We will continue to remember the families they left behind and pray for God to comfort them. For those who are still alive, we thank you for your loyalty to the nation. “
However, he took the occasion to call on people to take into account the ruinous effect of COVID-19, urging them to follow established protocols, including regular hand washing or the use of hand sanitizer, the use of face masks and maintain social distance. .
He warned: “The second wave of the virus is more lethal than the previous one.”
In his sermon, the Bishop of the Diocese of Remo, Nigerian Methodist Church, Sagamu, Rt. Reverend Bamidele Ibikunle admonished Nigerians to think of the nation first rather than their own selfish interests.
He pointed out that Nigeria would be a great country if citizens avoided vices such as tribalism, self-centeredness and lived in peace with each other, adding that it is always good to engage in dialogue to resolve issues rather than war.
The clergyman thanked members of the military and service personnel from other security agencies for preserving the peace and unity of the nation.
He called for insurance coverage for service men and women, as well as adequate care for the families of fallen heroes.
Dignitaries at the church service included the former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; The Chief Judge of the State of Ogun, Ms. Monsunmola Dipeolu; Head of Service, Alhaja Selimot Ottun, and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Suraj Adekunbi.
Others were the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo; Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, while Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, the Awujale and supreme ruler of Ijebuland, was represented by Oba Yinusa Adekoya.
Also on duty were the president of the Nigerian Legion in State, Mr. Taofeek Oloyede and other heads of service.