As activities marking the end of the 2012 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebrated nationwide ended, the Chairman of Gokana Local Government council, Hon. Demua Ledee Demua has sued for peace in the country especially now that Nigeria is celebrating the effort of those who fought to keep us together as one.
The chairman made the remark during the 2012. Nigeria Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration at the councils Headquarters, Kpor, Gokana. The event was held on January 15, 2012, across the country.
Hon Demua cautioned those who are threatening the peace of the country on issues that could be resolved on a round table not to foment trouble and cause havoc and inflict pains on the people, particularly now that the country is celebrating its fallen heroes. He said some Nigerians have unleashed terror with impunity on a nation that needed peace fought by the those legions and the living veterans.
He remarked that only five members of the legion in Gokana survived the second world war and wondered how many survived the Nigerian civil war.
The chairman used the occasion to congratulate the Gokana people for their peaceful co-existence even in the face of the effect of removal of fuel subsidy. He commended them for their patience and understanding with the government.
Hon. Denue use the occasion to appeal to all and sundry to give peace a chance as we honour our fallen heroes, ask that Nigerian Labour Congress and council workers and TUC should ask why the legionnaires pay the supreme price for us.
The Gokana chairman demanded for the complete list of the legionnaires in Gokana and their widows so as to reach out to them. He assured them that he will in no distant time convey their message to president Dr. Goodluck Jonathan through the Governor Rt. Hon. Chubuike Amaechi.
Hon. Demue was accompanied at the occasion by his family.
Earlier in an interview with journalists shortly after the event, the council boss advised youths in Gokana to also enroll in any of the armed forces when the opportunity calls, adding that it would help the youths, both graduate and none graduates in serving their fatherland while also seeking for employment.
Also speaking, the immediate past chairman of Gokana council and the commissioner for works Rivers State chief Hon. Victor Giadom thanked the Gokana people for the enormous support given to him and his successor, and to him and his party (PDP) in Gokana.
In the same vein, he expressed the love and the gratitude of the Govenor of Rivers State Rt. Hon Chibuike Amaechi to the people of Gokana. The works commission said the reason for the occasion is to pay their respect to those who have contributed for the stability of the nation, noting that the gallant nature of the Nigerian legion has united us, hence there is a need to show love to them, their widows and their loved ones.
Hon. Victor Giadom acknowledged the plight of the legion, but positioned that within the lean resources of the council the chairman will attend to some of their needs as he urged the legionnaires to seek for collaborative effort with the council and stand by council at all times in the area of security.
He promised the people of Gokana that the present chairman will not misuse the money of the Gokana people, but will work toward development, social stability and love to unite the people.
Speaking to the media after the event, the chairman of the Nigerian legion Gokana chapter Sir (Major) Harvest Filima, KSJ, said to fast tract the request of the legion he will be closer to the chairman of Gokana council and constantly remind him of their request, saying all their needs could not be met but the important thing is to ask and follow up while hoping that council will assist them. On the enlistment of youths in the Armed Forces, the legion chairman asked youths to enroll to fill the vacant places left by them.
In his address requested the Gokana council to assist the legion by providing vehicles, uniforms and incentives and welfare for the widows and the children of the late falling heroes as a booster to their well-being.
Highlight of the event was the launching of the emblem, the laying of wreath by the chairman of Gokana, Hon. Demue, the DPO, the JTF commander and the chairman Nigerian legion Gokana chapter.
Others who attended the event are the vice chairman of Gokana LGA Hon. Bright Kpea, PDP councilors, the chief of staff Gokana Council, Hon. Second Bakor, paramount Rulers, men of God, chiefs, women and youths. ###
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