Na­tional unity is best trib­ute to fallen he­roes — Os­in­bajo

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

Vice Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo has said na­tional unity is the best trib­ute for fallen he­roes who died de­fend­ing the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of Nige­ria.

He spoke yes­ter­day in

Abuja dur­ing the in­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional Church ser­vice for 2019 Armed Forces Re­mem­brance Day.

He said, “Our unity and peace­ful co­ex­is­tence is the best trib­ute to our fallen he­roes.

“Our post­hu­mous thanks to them and their fam­i­lies who not only bore the fear­ful ap­pre­hen­sion of their go­ing to war but also the heart break of their deaths.

“Also im­por­tant is to en­sure that they did not die in vain.

“This unity and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of the na­tion for which they died must not be jeop­ar­dized by the reck­less ut­ter­ances and ac­tions which play on the re­li­gious and eth­nic fault lines of our na­tion.

“Our grat­i­tude must also mean a com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing that their fam­i­lies are cared for, that their chil­dren do not ask why the sac­ri­fices they made were made at all.”

He noted that, “in these bat­tles we have been sharply re­minded that in­deed “free­dom is not free; that peace is of­ten paid for with blood and gore.”

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