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Ebonyi Acting Governor urges Nigerians to support armed forces in tackling insecurity

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The Acting Governor of Ebonyi, Dr Kelechi Igwe has urged Nigerians to support the armed forces in their efforts to protect the nation from the current security challenges.

Igwe, who is also the deputy governor, gave the charge on Monday in Abakaliki during a courtesy call by a study-tour team of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna.

According to him, the military is invaluable to any nation’s existence.

The acting governor said that any nation that did not accord its military friendly and accommodating reception had planned to fail.

“The engagement of the military in civil and military operations has guaranteed security, peace and sovereignty of nations.

“Any nation that has not put its military together has always failed not only in terms of external aggression but in implosion within the country,” he said.

He welcomed the study tour team to the state, assuring them that the Local Government council chairmen would guide it in its research and interactions in the state.

“You should take particular notice of our yam and rice and use the rice as a signpost that you have the best rice in the country.

“ you conclude your sojourn in the state, the state governor must have been around to ask you questions on how you fared.

“We will then enrich your knowledge more on things you have seen because we are a people with rich cultural heritage, economic and social potentials,” he said.

Brig.-Gen. Victor Ebhaleme, the Study Team Leader expressed its happiness to be in Ebonyi whicg was known for its rich rice potentials and infrastructural developmental strides.

“The team visiting Ebonyi consists of 51 members who include four members of the teaching and administrative staff and 29 student officers.

“We also have a directing staff from Ghana on exchange programme, one international student from Gambia and students from the Nigerian Customs Service, among others,” he said,

He said that the tour would enable the team members have knowledge of Ebonyi, carry out on-the- spot assessment, research into its theme and proffer workable solutions in relation to the state.

“The team will also know about the state’s history, geography, culture and socio-economic development that have made it outstanding in the area of governance in the country,” he said.

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Edited by Maureen Atuonwu

 

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