Yenagoa – Governor Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State governor has urged governments at all levels to increase support for the Armed Forces and other security agencies to enable them perform their statutory duties effectively in the country.
He made the call on Sunday during this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance interdenominational thanksgiving service at the King of Glory Chapel, Government House, Yenagoa.
A statement by Daniel Alabrah, Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Affairs, quoted him as having identified appropriate and adequate investment in the security sector as a veritable means to winning the war against terrorism, banditry, crude oil theft and other criminal activities.
Describing the military as the pride of any nation, Dickson noted that Nigeria would not be able to make appreciable progress in the fight against oil bunkering if the Navy was not well funded, equipped and trained.
While emphasising the need to support families of the fallen soldiers and their surviving counterparts, he reiterated his call on the military to shun practices that are negative to their constitutional mandate.
Dickson particularly urged the armed forces to respect constituted authority and uphold professionalism in order to continually enjoy the honour, integrity and confidence the public repose in them.
He said, “As we remember our fallen soldiers today, let us not pay lip service, but actually take steps to strengthen, support and train our military because the .military reflect our national pride and honour.
“I am an advocate of robust support for our security agencies. A nation is not one president sitting in Abuja. A nation is the average law enforcement officer on duty. It is the strength of the average soldier that is trained and motivated with patriotism and skills who is also backed up by equipment and high morals.”
In a sermon drawn from 2 Samuel Chapter 9, the Chaplain of 16 Brigade Chapel, Nigerian Army, Captain Dogo Jerry, stressed the need for people to be kind to one another in their day to day living.
He advised the government and people of Nigeria to reciprocate the love fallen soldiers and their surviving counterparts gave the country by identifying with the welfare of their families as the biblical King David did to Mephiboseth.
He commended Governor Dickson for giving immediate employment to the wife of a young officer of the Nigerian Air Force who died in an air crash while serving the nation.