By JIMIN GEOFFREY, Markudi –
Benue State Government has pledged to give financial support to families to the more than 120 security personnel who were killed in their line of duty while defending the state between 2017 to date.
Governor Samuel Ortom disclosed this on Sunday during an interdenominational thanksgiving service to mark the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day organised by Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in conjunction with Benue State Government.
The governor explained that the family members of each security personnel killed in the line of duty from 2017 till date would be supported with N500,000 each to cushion the effect of the absence of their breadwinners.
Governor Ortom who charged Benue people never to be hostile towards security personnel posted to the state, urged them to rather lend their support and assist them whenever they need arises.
He also pledged the state government’s continued support to all the security formations in the state for the effective discharge of their duties.
The governor, who regretted the killing of military men in Konshisha Local Government last year prayed that such a thing never happens again in any part of the state. He added that the sacrifices security agents make in protecting lives and property should be acknowledged at all times.
He urged Christians to continue to pray for leaders in the country for divine direction, stressing that the hearts of kings are in the hands of God and He alone can direct what they can do.
In a sermon on the topic: “Profitable Remembrance,” Pastor in Charge of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Dr Aderemi Folasayo acknowledged the unique role men and officers of the armed forces offer to the nation, stressing that their sacrifices will never be forgotten.
He charged Nigerian leaders to be genuinely concerned about the search for lasting solution to Nigeria’s challenges, stressing that the sanctity of human lives must be of paramount concern to all.
In a remark, Chairman of CAN, Benue State Chapter, Reverend Akpen Leva pledged the support of the Church in Benue to the Armed Forces for God to give them the strength to continue to protect people of the state and Nigeria at large.