As we remember our heroes who paid the supreme price in keeping the nation safe from independence till date,let us also celebrate the retired and serving personnel of the armed Forces and security Agencies by embracing violence-free approach to our individual or collective views, says Princess Gloria Akobundu fsi, National Coordinator/CEO, African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for Africa’s Development/African Peer Review Mechanism (AUDA-NEPAD/APRM) Nigeria.
Akobundu said in a statement signed by her Media Assistant, Abolade Ogundimu.
In marking the 2023 edition of the Armed Forces Remembrance, Day, the Agency’s Boss sent a goodwill message to the Management and staff.
It will be recalled that the nation honours the fallen heroes every 15th of January since the end of the civil war in 1970.
According to the Agency’s Boss, there is need for the public to join the government in ensuring that internal crisis are avoided so that armed Forces won’t have to lose personnel while addressing challenges.
“It is another 15th January and we salute the courage of our fallen heroes but let us resolve to always come up with non-violent option while pursuing our individual or collective views for societal development.
“That will go a long way in ensuring that our security forces and the society will not be losing
human and non-human resources to violence.
“As the 2023 general elections are fast approaching, we are urging the general public and other stakeholders to join us in our Campaign for Violence-free elections this year and beyond.
“Since the Electoral Act has been further strengthened to give confidence to the electorates and candidates, let everyone participate in the electoral process in a peaceful manner.
“Let the public join hands with AUDA-NEPAD Nigeria and other Agencies of government to ensure that violence is eschewed before, during and after the upcoming elections, as well as other programmes and activities in the country,” she said.
Akobundu commended the security Apparatus of the state for their sacrifices and patriotism towards keeping the nation safe,urging them to continue to be professional and law abiding while discharging their duties.
It will be recalled that in pursuance of it’s mandate of deepening democracy and good governance,Akobundu -led AUDA-NEPAD Nigeria carries out Sensitisation on Violence-free Elections before,during and after every election in the country.
The Agency has started the process since last year through interactions with the media and grassroot groups for a successful 2023 general elections.