Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio has called on Nigerians to avoid creating conditions capable of leading to further bloodshed and to work towards sustaining democracy in the country.
Akpabio who made the call Tuesday at the grand-finale of this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration at the Cenotaph, Off Nsikak Eduok Avenue, Uyo said that Nigerians must protect the country's democracy and "ensure we do not create conditions, which could lead to sacrifice of our young men and women anymore".
The governor who laid wreath at the cenotaph noted, "In 1966, some majors attempted a coup. An act of indiscretion on the part of the top military man (when he failed to resist the allure of power and ensure the continuance of democracy) led to a Civil War and again we lost our precious sons and daughters. It is a lesson for the military and civilians alike to learn from. We must do everything to ensure the sustenance of democracy on our shores."If we let the power of love overcome the love of power, we will have peace in this country, and see the end of conflicts in our shores. We must remember always that soldiers belong to us. They are our fathers and mothers, uncles and aunties, sons and daughters. They must not be made to die in situations we could avoid simply by the application of sanity."
He commended members of the Nigerian Legion for always taking care of the families of their departed colleagues, saying, "Our partnership with them would only get better this year. I urge them to remember that my dear father was one of them and I have special interest in them."