Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State urged Nigerians to ensure there is peace and unity in the country> He spoke at an inter-denominational thanksgiving service marking 2015 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, held at the Cathedral Church of St. Peters Anglican Communion, Asaba, on Sunday.
The governor said it was important for Nigerians to shun actions that are capable of dividing Nigerians, adding that peaceful co-existence should not be compromised on the altar of selfish ego.
“Terrorism is not a Nigerian affair, it is a worldwide phenomenon, we need to support our security agencies in the fight against terrorism and,” he said.
Commenting on obvious fears of election violence across the country ahead of the 2015 general elections, Uduaghan said that his administration has mapped preventive measures to curb election violence in the state.
“Next month elections will come, there has been a lot of security concern for the elections; there have been prayers everywhere to prevent violence before, during and after the elections. As a government, we will not sit and watch it occur, we have put in place preventive programmes so that our people will know that nobody need to die in an election,” Uduaghan added.
Uduaghan also called for freedom of candidates to campaign wherever they want during the electioneering period and decried reports of threats to stop some people from campaigning in certain places, noting that the armed forces was doing a lot for Nigerians and commended them for their efforts to keep Nigeria as one as well as safe and secured for lives and property.
In his sermon, the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Asaba, Rt. Rev. Justus Mogekwu, decried the tendency by some people to Islamise Nigeria at all cost, saying the activities of Boko Haram was to “Conquer the North, then foist their religion on the South.” Rev. Father Mogekwu prayed for peace and unity in Nigeria and called for support for the families of the fallen heroes.