Nigeria can’t afford another war, says Fayemi

The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said on Thursday that Nigeria could not afford another civil war hence the need for citizens to desist from acts that could threaten peace.

The governor praised members of the Nigerian Legion and serving soldiers for their sacrifice to keep the country united during and after the civil war.

Fayemi, represented by the state Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, spoke in Ado Ekiti at the official inauguration of the state emblem appeal fund for the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

He lauded the valour exhibited by veterans of the first and second world wars, the Nigerian Civil War and the contemporary soldiers fighting insurgency and various forms of security challenges in the country.

He said, “There is no price too high to pay for peace when compared to the cost of war. I therefore enjoin all engaged in acts that can endanger the fragile peace in our nation to desist from fanning the embers of war.

“This nation cannot afford another war and we must live in peace with one another. We must resolve that never again shall we allow our dear nation by our actions or inactions to experience another war,” the governor said.

Fayemi said that everything must be done to encourage the Armed Forces to step up efforts at defending the territorial integrity of the country at all times and as well win the ongoing battle against insurgency.

The governor, who made case for provision of adequate equipment and necessary resources for the military to overcome the insurgents, cautioned against endangering lives of the nation’s gallant soldiers by acts of omission or commission.

According to him, the emblem launch was in commemoration of soldiers who fought gallantly and laid down their lives for the sovereignty of the nation and to honour and support the living veterans.

The Ekiti State Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Col. Adeyanju Olorunda (retd.), said the launch was aimed at raising funds for widows and dependants of fallen heroes and war veterans.

Olorunda appealed to the state government to assist the legionnaires regretting that many of them were being poorly treated despite serving their fatherland diligently.
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