[From Collins Ughalaa, Owerri]
Men and Officers of the Nigerian Military have been tasked to end extortion and harassment of citizens who they are trained to protect, even as they were commended for commitment towards the defense of the territorial integrity of the nation in the face of many security challenges.
This was contained in the homily delivered at the interdenominational church service for the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration held at the Government House Chapel, Owerri, on Sunday, by Rev. Fr. Brigadier General Charles Iroegbu (Rtd).
In his homily, the Rev. Fr. Brigadier General Charles Iroegbu, (retired) noted that the Military was one of the three noblest professions on earth, next to the Priesthood and Medical Profession, stressing that as people who have signed up to lay down their lives for the nation and people, it was inconceivable that they should turn their weapons against those they have sworn to protect.
Taking his text from Luke 3:4, he tasked soldiers against extortion, harassment of citizens and advised that they be content with their pay. He also warned that wealth gotten from extorting and oppressing people would eventually become useless.
He underscored the need to support and encourage Nigeria’s gallant soldiers, families of veterans and particularly those who paid the ultimate price in defending their fatherland.
In his remarks, Governor Hope Uzodimma expressed his appreciation for the Nigerian Army, Navy, and Air Force, for their unrelenting efforts to protect the territorial integrity of the nation and fighting insurgency.
He noted that remarkable changes were already being made in the Military, even as he called for continued prayers for the nation to overcome all challenges.