In a solemn ceremony held at the Chapel of Christ The Light, Secretariat, Alausa, Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu called upon the citizens of Lagos to continue their unwavering support and prayers for the families of fallen heroes and members of the armed forces. The occasion was the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Interdenominational Divine Service, themed “Honoring Sacrifice,” where the governor emphasized the importance of remembering those who gave their all for the nation’s security and stability.
The event, organized by the state government, saw the presence of the State Executive Council, Permanent Secretaries, APC chieftains, Commanding Officers in Lagos State, members of the Nigerian Legion, members of the Armed Forces, religious leaders, families of the fallen heroes, and Christians among others. The diversity of attendees underscored the unity and shared commitment to honoring the sacrifices made by the nation’s heroes.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, accompanied by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo, used the platform to express gratitude to the fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve Nigeria’s territorial integrity. He urged the people of Lagos to actively remember the deceased and their families in their prayers, emphasizing the importance of keeping the armed forces personnel and their families in mind.
“We are assembled here in God’s presence, expressing gratitude to Him and honoring our fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice to uphold our nation’s unity and territorial integrity,” declared Governor Sanwo-Olu. He further encouraged the continuous support for the armed forces personnel and their families, urging the citizens to pray for their victory and well-being.
The guest preacher at the event, Pastor Daniel Olukoya, the General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM), shared a spiritual perspective on sacrifice. He encouraged Nigerians to embrace sacrifice for the greater good of the nation and to create a country they can be proud of. Pastor Olukoya stressed the importance of prayer for those who have lost their lives in service and those currently serving, echoing sentiments of unity and solidarity.
During the occasion, Brig.-Gen. Adegoke Adetuyi, Commander of Brigade 9 in the Nigerian Army, contributed to the reflective atmosphere by reading a passage from the Bible. The reading included praises, prayers, and expressions of gratitude for the sacrifices made by the armed services in defense of the nation.
As Lagosians reflect on the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Interdenominational Divine Service, it is clear that honoring sacrifice is a collective responsibility. Governor Sanwo-Olu’s call for continuous support, prayers, and remembrance resonates as a reminder that the sacrifices made by the armed forces are not to be forgotten. In the spirit of unity and gratitude, let us uphold the memories of the fallen heroes and stand in solidarity with those who continue to serve our nation.