by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Plateau state government has initiated an appeal fund for 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem.
While delivering his speech at the occasion, the state governor, Barr Simon Lalong, urged the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem Appeal Fund launching to, “therefore, avoid the temptation to castigate, demoralize and dampen their morale through undue criticism and condemnation.
“They are all human like us and prone to make mistakes. However, the laws of the land provide for discipline and remedy for every violation and misconduct,” he further added.
The governor reiterated that, his administration would continue to support the military, in order to ensure lasting peace in the state.
“Because of the prevailing security situation, the Armed Forces is still actively engaged in internal security operations around the country, particularly the on-going war against insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities. They need our prayers and support at all times to ensure that they operate in a seamless manner.
“We must, therefore, avoid the temptation to castigate, demoralize and dampen their morale through undue criticism and condemnation. They are all human like us and prone to make mistakes,” he added.
Lalong also said that rather than engage in wholesome condemnation, citizens should always isolate the “bad eggs” to face the law. “The experience we had during the recent #EndSARS protests, which was hijacked by criminals and hoodlums, shows the danger we all face when we demoralize our Armed Forces,” he noted.
He further said that in Plateau, the state remains grateful to members of the Armed Forces and other security agencies, who have made significant sacrifices in ensuring that they deal with the conflicts that engulfed the state in recent past and to restore safety of lives and property.
“Today, we have attained substantial calm from the past experience, even as we continue to carry out routine security operations to deal with criminals, who are trying to cause violence and insecurity through kidnapping, armed robberies and attacks on our people.
“That is why we recently became the ‘pilot state’ for the Community Policing Initiative where we have trained 595 constables for the programme. As soon as they are deployed, we expect to see practical changes in intelligence gathering, arrest and prosecution of criminals,” Lalong said.
He also said that the state government has continued to charge traditional, community, religious and political leaders to be more involved in the security of their domains, adding, “We cannot fold our arms and expect only the Armed Forces to do the job for us. We are all partners in the business of security.”
He appealed to citizens to all donate generously to the 2020 Emblem, which will go a long way in ameliorating the suffering of the veterans and the families of fallen heroes.
“No amount of contribution and honour on our part will be too much to make in honouring the memory of the gallant officers and men, who made the supreme sacrifice to keep our state and country safe and united.
“We should not forget that, many of them came out alive but with various degrees of incapacitation, emotional and mental trauma that they are still battling with today, which require our attention and care,” the governor stated.