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Makinde charges armed forces on political neutrality

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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has urged the armed forces in Nigeria to remain neutral in politics, so as to maintain peace and security in the country during the forthcoming general elections.

The governor stated this at the grand finale/laying of wreaths of the 2023-Armed Forces and Remembrance Day, held at the Remembrance Arcade, Agodi, Ibadan, on Sunday.

Governor Makinde was received at the programme by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Aminu Chinade. The governor inspected the guard of honour mounted by the armed forces, accompanied by the parade commander, while heads of security agencies in the state were on the ground.

Thereafter came the laying of wreaths at the cenotaph in honour of the fallen heroes, first by the governor, followed by the GOC, then the Oyo State Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, among other heads of security agencies, top government officials and traditional ruler in the state.

Addressing journalists at the end of the event, Governor Makinde while stressing the need for security agencies to be fair, stated that politics would end but Nigeria as an entity would remain.

Governor Makinde appreciated officers and men of Nigerian armed forces for their contribution to nation building in view of security challenges facing the nation, promising that his administration would continue to support the widows, orphans and other family members of the fallen heroes.

In his remarks, Chairman of the Nigerian Legion in the state, Julius Ogunkojo, thanked the national headquarters of the Nigerian Legion for the scholarship scheme it put in place from which about 10 indigenes of Oyo State had benefited, tasking the federal government to prioritise the welfare of dependants of the fallen heroes by giving them subsidies.

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Highlights of the event were the gun salute in honour of the fallen heroes and the release of ceremonial pigeons by the governor, which signifies peace.

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