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Ambode wants 2019 Presidential candidates to value Nigeria’s unity above self interest

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

The Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, has warned candidates seeking political office in 2019 election not to truncate the country’s unity for self gratification, saying, it leads to civil unrest and lawlessness.

Ambode added that the peace and unity of the country must not be compromised in the course of the exercise.

The Governor, who spoke on Tuesday at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja while launching the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem Appeal Week, said the period was a reminder for Nigerians to realise that the unity of the nation must remain paramount above every persona interest.

“The Nigerian Armed Forces veterans and fallen heroes did not fight for the sovereignty of the nation based on their tribe, ethnicity and religion, then why should we now allow the things that brought us together as one to now separate us and cause a conflagration of incitement that want to disintegrate our nation.”

The Governor, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr.  Idiat Adebule, particularly alluded to the electioneering period often associated with civil unrest, noting that the peace and unity of the country must not be compromised in the course of the exercise.

“As we head into the electioneering year, I appeal to every candidate vying for a position, party members and youths in the society to look beyond self gratification that could lead to civil unrest and lawlessness in the society,” he said.

Launching the Armed Forces Emblem, Ambode it was yet another reminder for all Nigerians to reflect on the sacrifices made by gallant heroes, some of whom paid the ultimate price to keep the nation together as one indivisible nation and the collective and individual responsibility to the welfare of the families they left behind and the survivors who suffered devastating injuries during the war.

He said the occasion was a clarion call for everyone to show serving military men, veterans and families of fallen heroes that their services and sacrifices to the nation was not only in vain but greatly appreciated.

“Let us show love and compassion to them for the freedom we all enjoy is a depravation to others. In doing this, we inspire and motivate them to give their all in the protection and security of our dear country.

“I hereby implore you all to always treat our ex-service men with respect and donate generously in the support of the Nigerian legion. Let us mobilise and extend more support for the benefits of the veterans. Let us join hands with the government in improving the welfare of the families of our fallen heroes,” Ambode said.

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