Politicians have been advised to concentrate on issue based campaigns in their electioneering and avoid causing tension among the people.
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello gave the advice in an interview with newsmen at the end of the 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration held at the World Wars 1 and 2 Cenotaph in Lokoja.
According to the Governor, some self-serving politicians would use the electioneering to sponsor violence but promised to deal with any individual or group found wanting.
The Governor who restated government’s commitment towards safeguarding the lives and property of citizens of the state urged the public to avail security agencies credible information to ensure security.
Alhaji Bello praised the gallantry of the armed forces personnel, the police as well as other security agencies in the state both serving and retired noting that remembering the fallen heroes was key in view of sacrifices they made for the country.
On his part, Kogi State Legionnaires, retired Warrant Officer David Salawu expressed the hope that government would improve on the plight of retired armed forces personnel and families of fallen heroes.
Also speaking, Kogi State Security Adviser, retired Navy Commander Jerry Omodara noted that the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration was significant in showcasing the synergy in the operations of security agencies in bringing about peace in Kogi state.
While applauding the cooperation of citizens, Omodara emphasized that government would not relent in its efforts as it continually review its strategies at curbing terrorism, crime and criminality in the state.
The 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration featured wreath laying, inspection of parade mounted by the Nigeria Army, Nigeria Navy and Legionnaires, 21 gun salute, the symbolic release of white pigeons as well as free medical outreach by Defence Health Maintenance Agency.