As Nigeria prepares to mark the 2015 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has advised the Nigerian military authorities and the Federal Government to re-consider the death sentence passed on the 54 erring soldiers as disciplinary measure for misconduct in the ongoing fight against insurgency in the country.
Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture, Oyinlomo Danmole, who represented the governor at an Interdenominational Service to mark the year 2015 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, held Monday at The Chapel of Christ The Light, Alausa, Ikeja, stated that the military authorities and the Federal Government should reconsider the death sentence and commute it to jail terms.
To Fashola, there is need for the military to sustain its paramount code of ethics as it relates to discipline and strict adherence to rule of engagement, but he believes the officers and men involved are now sober and therefore deserved to be forgiven with the reduction in the punishment pronounced.
The governor opined that the call for leniency is not to justify their actions but to plead with the government to reduce the gravity of the punishment and not make it greater than their offence.
Fashola also urged Nigerians to continue to support the families of soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice and those with life-time injuries in the service of the country by donating towards their upkeep.
Earlier, Brigadier General Dalubo, Commander, 9 Brigade of the Nigeria Army, representative of the Nigeria military at the service, was quoted by a national newspaper thus: ‘‘The Federal Government set aside 15 January as Remembrance Day and dedicate this period to the remembrance of our fallen heroes who had paid the supreme price for the unity of the nation.’’
Dalubo added that Nigeria will always remember the contribution of her fallen heroes and will do everything in its power to support and cater for the families they left behind.