Members of the Nigeria legion as well as widows of fallen military men in the country have called for assistance from government at all levels and Nigerians for the upkeep of the families of those who lost their lives securing the nation
The chairman of the Nigeria Legion, Delta State, Col. Boniface Ojei(rtd) made the call today in an interview with journalists at the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration held a the Cenotaph, Asaba.
Also lending their voices, the member representing Ika North East constituency in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Emeke Elekeokwuri and the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor (SAN) said ” the support of all for the families of the departed heroes, would boost the morale of serving military officers to give their best in defence of the territorial integrity of the nation”.
The ceremony which is an annual celebration to honour fallen heroes who died in the defence of the nation was attended by the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, his Deputy, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Ochor Christopher Ochor, who represented the Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori ,and the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Marshall Umukoro who took their turns to lay wreath at the foot of the unknown soldiers.
Other dignitaries at the ceremony included Service Chiefs and heads of paramilitary organisations in the state as well as members of Delta State Traditional Rulers Council led by the Chairman of the Council, HRM Obi Emmanuel Efeizomor II and representatives of both Christian and Islamic faiths in the state.
Others who performed the symbolic laying of wreaths including the Obi of Owa, were the Acting Commander, 63 Brigade of the Nigeria Army, Asaba, Col. Peter Elayo; the Commander NNS, Delta, Commodore Seninu Adisa-Adedegba; the Commander, Nigerian Air Force Detachment, Warri; Air Commodore Augustin Edwin Vunomagai, the Commissioner of Police, Delta State, Mr. Areh Mohammed Ali; the Chairman, Nigerian Legion, Delta State, Col. Boniface Ojei (Rtd.); the representative of the Christian religious group, Senior Apostle Sylvanus Okorote; representative of the Moslem religious group, Alhaji Umar Aliu and the representative of widows of fallen heroes, Mrs. Onyebuchi Okonkwo.
The ceremony featured symbolic gun shots by selected military personnel in honour of the fallen heroes as well as the release of pigeons by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, his Deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro and other dignitaries at the ceremony to signify peace.