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Continuous loss of lives of military men, others painful — Peter Obi

By Osa Mbonu-Amadi

The former governor of Anambra State and Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, has expressed his sympathy and described the continued loss of lives of military men and other citizens in Nigeria to ceaseless insecurity as “very painful”.

Obi shared his sympathy recently through his verified Twitter handle, @PeterObi:

“The report of the death of 36 soldiers who were killed in a terrorist ambush in Niger State is both devastating and depressing. I am very saddened for families whose loved ones have continued to pay the patriotic but very painful price in the fight against insecurity in our country.

“The continued loss of lives of both our military men and other citizens to ceaseless insecurity is very painful. Once again, I commiserate with our military and security agencies whose personnel have continued to pay the supreme price for peace and security in our nation.

“To the fallen, we pray for eternal rest. To the bereaved families, we pray for succor. To the living active duty personnel, we urge you to remain courageous and resilient in the fight against the forces of evil.

“We must unite as a people to subdue this monster of insecurity threatening our collective existence. Without peace and security, no development is possible in any country.”

Obi restated his avowed commitment and priority in rooting out insecurity of life and property in a new Nigeria: “Fighting insecurity, squarely and resolutely, remains my first and abiding priority in the New Nigeria. For me, security, peace and progress remain cardinal precepts in the pursuit of a new national order. On these, I shall never flinch nor falter.

“To the heroes lost in this battle, God grant eternal rest. To the families that grief, we pray for consolation. To the rest of the nation, let the losses of today renew our resolve to ensure that the departed souls are not lost in vain.

We shall never forget our lost heroes and their families.

“To the rest of our compatriots, be assured that we shall overcome the reign of insecurity and the forces of insecurity.

“A safer New Nigeria is POssible! — PO.”

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