We swore to defend Nigeria’s poor, helpless – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day service today

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has reiterated the government’s responsibility, through the armed forces, to defend the territorial integrity of the country.

In his remarks at the 2018 Armed Forces and Remembrance Day Service in Abuja, Mr. Osinbajo also said the government had the burden to defend the peoples’ rights of existence, religion and other human rights.

He, however, noted that some of the rights had in recent times, been challenged by the criminal group Boko Haram, which had killed and maimed innocent people including women and children.

According to him, the Armed Forces of the country have lost personnel in various battles to keep the country together, leaving behind widows and children who the populace should cater for.

The vice president noted that the country had experienced various attacks and killings in various communities. He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the security agencies to deal with those involved.

He said that the tension in the country was further fuelled by the politicisation of many issues and cautioned that politics should not be allowed to add to the existing problems of the country.

“We (government) have sworn to defend the poor and the helpless; the Armed Forces represent the bastion of the country’s unity.

“Our nation today stands as one to honour the fallen heroes,’’ Osinbajo declared.

The vice president added that as Christians, those who attended the service should live according to the demands of their faith to preach the gospel of Christ not only in words but in action.

According to him, the gospel preaches sacrifice, repaying evil with good, avoiding vengeance and also reminds the faithful that no battle is theirs and that vengeance belongs to God.

“We have to preach the gospel of self-sacrifice that has changed the world, the sacrificial love that the Lord has shown by shedding His blood to save humanity,’’ Mr. Osinbajo stated.

The vice president prayed that the bloodletting in the country should cease and predicted that the country will thrive economically.

“We must work together as Nigerians to build a prosperous and united nation,’’ he said.

In a sermon, an Anglican Archbishop of the Jos Province, Benjamin Kwashi, noted that the service was more important for civilians than members of the armed forces, expressing the need for more civilians to attend such service.

The cleric stated that the Armed Forces remained “the one institution of hope for Nigerians.

“They are serving and laying their lives against Boko Haram, marauding herdsmen and men who have not wished this country well’’.

The archbishop noted that a lot of innocent blood had been shed in the country and expressed worry that in spite of the killings, nothing serious was done to apprehend the killers and prosecute them.

“When I look at people killed, I wonder how leaders sleep,’’ he said, adding that in Jos he had conducted more funeral services than weddings.

Mr. Kwashi highlighted the important role of the military in national unity but expressed dismay that many of the members retired to beg for means of livelihood.

“The institution of Armed Forces still gives us hope and I pray that those who look after their pensions will do so in the name of God,’’ he said.

He added that even if there should be restructuring in the country, the nation must be kept together.

The clergyman said that Jesus served humanity by doing good to the people, providing their needs and solving problems.

Accordingly, he said the country needed those who can sacrifice for the next generation by denying themselves of comfort.

He advised the people and those in authority to urgently address the plight of the poor as well as for the National Assembly to appropriate enough resources to cater to the needs of the people who make sacrifices for the country’s unity.

Mr. Kwashi said that the country was tired of problems and needed sacrifices at the moment.

“You have no business to seek to rule the country in any capacity if you cannot find solutions to problems of the people,’’ he contended.

The service was attended by serving and retired government functionaries, members of the armed forces, Nigerian Legion, para-military, ministers, members of the national assembly and the diplomatic corps.

(NAN)


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  • Bassey Frank

    With the massive killings in Benue, which has continued unhindered, not to talk about the ones in Southern Kaduna and Adamaway, it is advisable you take another look at what you claim to have sworn to. Perhaps, we should pray that your relatives should also taste the fruits of these feuds to know if what you swore to is indeed working.

    • Julius

      Really ? I hope you also wish the same for yourself and your family. Amen !

      • Bassey Frank

        I didn’t initiate the discourse; those that initiated it are doomed with its consequences. This also applies to their sympathizers and supporters like you. As God liveth, watching the injustice being perpetrated by a leadership of ancestors in this beleaguered nation, calamities will never elude you. Your generation and all you can imagine. No power will demobilize this force. A—–men!

        • Julius

          I learned long time ago to ignore people like you running around quoting Bible, calling on Allah and at the same time cursing, stealing and looting, praying to God to destroy other people. The good Lord will never answer your prayers. Keep at it !

          • Bassey Frank

            “calling on Allah and at the same time cursing, stealing and looting …” Why did you omit killing?
            Buhari has gone to Court, through the AGF, to stop the Senate from investigating how Abdulrasheed Maina was smuggled back to Nigeria, clandestinely reinstated into the civil service, promoted and paid over N20m salary arrears.
            When abominable actions like this are taken by the Association of Pretentious Characters, amalgamated maggots like you will begin to wack your soured tongues. Unbearable calamities remain your lot.

  • Joe

    The truth is that Osinbajo is also helpless in this situation., even though he knows deep down his heart that is boss has sympathy for the herds Fulani killers

  • Julius

    Well Mr. VP, try harder because your efforts so far seems not to be working much !

  • Bassey Frank

    We voted out GEJ because he was WICC (Weak, Incompetent, Clueless and Corrupt) and voted in one who would be the opposite. But that has not been. A Strong president will not keep mum when innocent blood is being poured across the country – Southern Kaduna, Benue, Adamawa, Plateau, Enugu … He sent Operation Python Dance to Abia State to fight one man: Nnamdi Kanu. He declared IPOB who have not embarked on mass killing a terrorist group. He has been silent, pretentious and lukewarm over Fulani herdsmen. The man has not proved to be competent neither is he focused. He is not corrupt, but he acquiesces corruption. This is my worry. But YOU Julius (I believe that is your pseudo-name) hardly see anything wrong about these heinous crimes, apparently because you are not affected. We lost young men and women in 2011 because someone lost election and life continued as if nothing happened. My prayer: Unstoppable arrows of evil works aimed at YOU, will NEVER miss their target. The octopus spread of NEMESIS must locate your abode , you product of incestuous relationship and toxic fibre of the Arewa-anus.