WRITTEN BY EJIKE ABANA
Governor Obiano has extolled the bold initiatives of the state council of the Nigerian Legion towards improving the welfare of its members.
The Governor made the remark while speaking at the Eucharist for the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration at the Cathedral Church of Saint Faith, Awka
The Eucharist celebrated by the Anglican Bishop of Awka, Right Reverend Alexander Ibezim, is part of activities slated to mark the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
Speaking through the Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke, the Governor called on all citizens, corporate organisations and civil institutions in the State to support the Legion at every given opportunity, pointing out that the peace and tranquility being enjoyed today is because of their sacrifices, stressing however, that such support should also be extended to the families of those that lost their lives while in service.
The Governor who expressed the hope for a better and more fulfilling 2017, pledged his administration's determination to continue to make life more meaningful for the citizenry, as all sectors of the State economy is being gradually transformed under his watch, adding that his government is desirous of prayers and support this critical time.
Speaking to the ABS, the State Chairman of the Nigeria Legion, Retired Major Ifeanyichukwu Nwankwo, noted that the State government has been supportive, stressing that the Legion will always endeavor to reciprocate in whatever means they can.
Also speaking, Bishop Ibezim urged Christians to shun the language of recession and have complete faith in God alone, if they will survive this year, saying that the Eucharist is very important to the church as it affords them the opportunity to pray for the Legion.
Earlier in a Sermon on the theme, God is Our Refuge, the Vicar of Cathedral Church of Saint Faith, Venerable Silas Ike called on all, especially servicemen, to imbibe in themselves, the consciousness that God is in charge of everything including safety, security, and sustenance.
The service was attended by the Clergy, government officials and dignitaries including the APGA National Chairman, Ozo Victor Oye, Chief of Staff, Professor Joe Asike, SSG, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, State Chief Judge, Justice Peter Umeadi, represented by Justice Anyachebelu, Head of Service, Barrister Harry Udu, Commissioners, House of Assembly Members, among others.
The Nigeria Navy, DSS, Civil Defence and legion also turned out in their numbers.
Special prayers for the Nation, State and Nigeria Legion, special thanksgiving for the Nigeria Legion, Chior Renditions as well as music by Nkwa group formed the highpoints of the service.