The Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has stated that the diverse people of Nigeria are a nation today because of the sacrifices of our heroes both past and present.
The Vice President stated this in his remark at the 2020 Armed Forces and Remembrance Day Inter-Denominational Church Serve held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja.
“Our men and women of the armed forces are not just fighting to preserve the nation of today but for our tomorrow. Your labour’s will not be in vain, they gave their existence for our existence and this is the commitment that the president has made to give them every support necessary and we do not take them for granted” said the Vice President.
He also reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari commitment to the wellbeing of the armed forces.
Call to Serve
Delivering the Message titled “The Call to Serve” Church Of Christ In Nations (COCIN) President, Reverend Dr. Dachollom Chumang Datiri said we are all called to serve God and to serve humanity.
“Those in leadership are referred to as God’s servants authorised to bring punishment on wrong doers but will also give an account of their stewardship before God,” he added.
“All of us have been given a gift, talent, ideas, and responsibilities. If all of us take up our responsibilities, the armed forces will not be suffering what they are suffering”
“Pride and presumptions are terrible and are destroying us as a nation, the crisis we have arise from one person looking down on another, one community or group looking down on the other. Proper way of humility is to see yourself in the light of God and by grace have been saved and made child of God”
“The response to Gods service is humility, and in humility God becomes the centre of focus, our wars in this country is as a result of irresponsibility. A sense of responsibility is centred by the awareness of the grace of God” said Reverend Dr. Dachollom.
The 1st Reading of the service was taken from the book of Genesis 3-1-19 and read by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olanisakin.
While the 2nd reading was taken from the book of John 1:1-19 by the Senate Deputy Majority Leader, Honourable Peter Okpatasai.
Chairman Planning Committee, Mrs. Olu Mustapha expressed gratitude to God and all the dignitaries who honoured the invitation and for the commitment to developing the nation.
Prayers for protection, strength and courage were made for the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the clergymen from various denominations present at the occasion.
The Armed Forces and Remembrance Day Celebration is an annual event organised by the Federal Ministry of Defence to honour all fallen Heroes who laid down their lives during the First and Second World Wars, Nigerian Civil War, Peace Support and various Internal Security Operations particularly the current war against terrorism and insurgency as well as activities that threaten the corporate existence of the nation Nigeria.
The event is also used to honour the Veterans who are alive as well as solicit for financial support for their well being and the families of the fallen Heroes.