Wike Hails Buhari’s Efforts In Defeating Boko Haram, Bandits
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike hailed the president, Mohammadu Buhari on his effort at defeating the insurgency in the country.
Wike commended Buhari for his sustained efforts at defeating the Boko Haram insurgents and bandits terrorising and destroying parts of the country.
Governor Wike made this commendation at the Government House, Port Harcourt after the wreath-laying ceremony to mark the 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration at Isaac Boro park on Sunday.
He noted that after the civil war broke out a few years after independence, the armed forces were forced to quell the ensuing rebellion, which ended after three gruesome years of internecine warfare.
The Rivers State Governor further noted that ever since then, there is hardly a year when members of the armed forces have not been assigned to one bloody combat mission or the other either within or outside the country.
Wike said Buhari’s efforts at coordinating a successful military intervention would be a legacy for sustaining free and fair elections
The armed forces, he said, have also been at war with Boko Haram and other armed insurgents in the North-West and North-East of the country for over ten years, and the “unknown gunmen” in the South-East of the country.
“I commend our President, General Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for his sustained efforts at defeating the Boko Haram insurgents and bandits terrorizing and destroying our communities in parts of our country.
“The restoration of peace to our troubled geo-political regions and the conduct of free and fair general elections are the best legacies you can leave for our country.
“As leaders, our goal must be one Nigeria, one destiny, and the challenges of building a more fair, inclusive and just society are not beyond us.
“Therefore, I will not relent in my prayers to God to enable Mr President and other leaders of our country to succeed in our mission and commitments to our country.”
The Rivers governor also called for a prioritisation of the welfare of the armed forces in and out of service alongside their families, adding that they should be given attention from the public purse.
He donated N100 million as part of the state’s efforts to empower veteran servicemen.
“As a state government, we have, over the years, provided financial support to our veterans through the state office of the Nigerian Legion,” he said.
“We have since redeemed the N50 million pledge we made during the remembrance emblem appeal fund launch in December 2022.
“Today, I wish to donate the sum of N100 million on behalf of the state government for the economic empowerment of the veteran servicemen from Rivers state.”