Dr Emeka Igwesi, Enugu State Chairman, Nigeria Legion, has urged Nigerians to shun violence and give peace a chance in the country.
Igwesi gave the advice at an event to mark the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the Micheal Okpara Square, Enugu on Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the day is an annual event held on every Jan. 15 to commemorate the nation’s service men and fallen heroes.
The chairman advised Nigerians to individually and collectively strive for unity of the country irrespective of ethnic and religious differences.
“We should have reasons to keep the country together, we should see that there is a reason for us to maintain peace and stability in the country.
“Grievance and agitations are normal. As much as we can do that in a more peaceful and meaningful way,” he stated.
He advised the government at all levels to see themselves as people in a position of trust, as well as people who had been given responsibilities to carry out on behalf of others.
“Government should do things that are good and acceptable to the people and any unit that has issues of complaint, government should address it in a peaceful way.
“Policies should not only be humane, but must also be equitable. No section should be cheated; no section should be treated as inferior to other.
“Everybody should be given his dues, that is what goverment should do, let there be justice,” he added.
The chairman urged citizens and government alike, to play their roles well, to ensure that peace, stability and happiness reigned.
Igwesi urged governement to always remember the wives of the falling heroes and their dependants.
The chairman advised other states the were yet to queue into the fallen heroes project to do so.
Igwesi called on government to take good care of ex- servicemen to avoid agitation and protests.
The highlight of the event was the release of symbolic pigeons and laying of wreaths for the fallen heroes by the state governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and others.
The chairperson, wives of the fallen heroes in Enugu, who wept uncontrollably also took turns to lay wreaths.