On Sunday, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Awka, the governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, presided over a mass of thanksgiving in honor of and remembrance of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
Soludo emphasized the significance of the mass as a chance to show appreciation for the sacrifices made by military personnel as well as the events planned to honor the Armed Forces Remembrance Day in 2024.
He said the mass celebration served as a reminder of the crucial role played by the Armed Forces in maintaining peace and security as well as an expression of gratitude for their sacrifices in service of the nation.
While extending condolences to the families of those who have fallen in the line of duty, Soludo prayed for God’s strength for those putting their lives on the line of service to protect and defend their fatherland.
He said, “In March 2022, when eight local government areas in Anambra were under siege, it was the professionalism and commitment of the Armed Forces, alongside the Anambra Vigilante services and the support of our people, that ultimately led to the return of peace.
“We expressed deep appreciation and gratitude for the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces, we acknowledged their dedication to serving others.
“My prayers, and those of the good people of Anambra, are continuously with you.”
Earlier in a homily, the Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, Rev. Fr. Charles Ndubisi, reiterated God’s constant search for those who are truly pursuing their purpose on earth and urged service members to remain focused and avoid distractions.
Numerous dignitaries attended the thanksgiving mass, including the state chief judge, justice Onochie Anyachebelu, the speaker of the state house of assembly, Dr. Onyekachukwu Ibezim, the deputy governor of Anambra, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, the secretary to the state government, Mr. Ernest Ezeajughi, Chief of Staff to the governor, Theodora Igwegbe, members of the legislature, judges, and service commanders.
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