Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has described members of the Nigerian Armed Forces engaged in the snatching of ballot boxes and rigging of elections are non-deserving of honour.
The governor stated this while speaking during an inter-denominational Church Service marking the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration at the Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Rumuepirikom on Sunday.
Gov.Wike declared that Heaven and Nigerians will never honour those who allow themselves to be used for elections rigging.
A statement by Wike’s special assistance on electronic media, Mr.Simeon Nwakaudu quotes the governor as saying;
“We are not honouring those who are unprofessional and carry ballot boxes to influence the electoral process.
“I urge members of the Armed Forces to choose the right path in the interest of the country. It is unfortunate that the military has lost its integrity because of some unprofessional personnel. Nobody is afraid of the military because of their unprofessional conduct.
“Those who come to rig election or kill Rivers people, Heaven will never remember them.”
He added that the admission by INEC Chairman that security agencies were responsible for the electoral malpractices that marred the last elections was a direct vindication of his earlier position.
“I thank God that the chairman of INEC has owned up that the problem with elections are the security agencies. This confirms all I have said in the past,” he said.
He, however, praised the Armed Forces for the roles they have played in preserving the unity of the country.
“But for them, kidnappers, cultists, insurgents and armed robbers would have taken over the country “, he said.
Highlight of the event was the offering of prayers for the fallen heroes and God’s blessing upon their families, offering of prayers for the Government and people of Rivers State, the Federal Government and the Armed Forces as well as praise and worship, with offering to support the Nigerian Legion.