Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Diri Douye has called for better funding and equipping of the Nigerian Armed Forces, saying this would serve as motivation for the military in the bid to end insurgency and insecurity in the country.
Senator Diri stated this during the interdenominational service to mark the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the King of Glory Chapel, Government House, Yenagoa.
His Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Dainel Alabrah, in a press release, quoted the governor as saying that January 15 was set aside in Nigerian to remember fallen heroes of the first and Second World War as well as the Nigeria civil war.
He noted the society needs to also do enough in respecting the lives of every security personnel just a they honour the memories of fallen soldiers.
Senator Diri said their sacrifice and service to the nation, which include paying the supreme price, would not be in vain as his government would always recognize and celebrate them.
In his sermon, Chaplain of the King of Glory Chapel, Pastor David Yala, admonished personnel of the Armend Forces to realize that their mission is not for self-recognition but of service to become a sacrificial citizen of the nation.
Citing the example of the late Major Isaac Adaka-Boro’s struggle for the people of the Niger Delta, the cleric called on armed security personnel to be passionate about their service to protect lives and property in order for their names to be written in the sands of time.
Present at the service were Dr. Gloria Diri, the wife of the governor, the deputy governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Speaker of the state assembly, Abraham Ingobere and other lawmakers from the state and national assembly as well as the Chief Judge, Mrs. Kate Abiri.