The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has called on political leaders and citizens to support the military to win the war against the Boko Haram terrorists in the North East.
Dickson in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, spoke when he paid a condolence visit to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, at the NAF Headquarters, Abuja following the death of Bayelsa-born Flight Lt. Pereowei Jacob, and four others in a helicopter crash on January 2, 2019.
The governor said that it was necessary for leaders across the country to support the efforts of the Armed Forces.
He regretted that some of the troops had paid the supreme price in the process of defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria.
He said that the Government and people of Bayelsa were further saddened by the loss of the Pilot, Flight Lieutenant Pereowei Jacob, and four others in the crash.
He said that the condolence visit was meant not only to mourn and grieve with the NAF, but to also encourage the military and security agencies on the ongoing combat against the insurgents.
Dickson promised to visit the widow of the late pilot to announce the support of the government to her.
He also called on Nigerian leaders to give necessary support to the loved ones left behind by military officers and men who got killed in action.
He said: “I am here because of the recent tragedy that befell your service, our nation and our state also. I am referring to the unfortunate incident as a result of which you lost some of your gallant officers who have been at the forefront at the efforts aimed at containing the insurgency.
“We are saddened by the loss of this very brilliant, dedicated, promising officers. The Government and people of Bayelsa are further saddened that the pilot who died in that incident, Pereowei Jacob, was a Bayelsan.
“The government feel that we should visit you, to condole with you, your officers, the airmen and women. I will also be visiting the family, especially the young widow who was married and stayed with her husband for just about three weeks before this sad incidence.
“Bayelsa mourns with you, Bayelsa grieves with you but above all, we are here to show solidarity with you, the Air Force and indeed the military in the efforts that are being made to keep the country safe.
“I want to use this opportunity to call for more support for the Armed Forces. I call on all Nigerians and leaders to join hands to support the work of the military and security agencies in containing the insurgency. Everyone is paying a price. Your officers and men have once again paid the supreme price.
“And we are here acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of your men and indeed all the officers to keep the country safe.”
In his remarks, the CAS, said that the helicopter crash that led to the unfortunate death of the Air Force personnel would not discourage the service from intensifying the onslaught against the insurgents.
He said that the NAF was focused and working hard to carry out its statutory responsibility of protecting the territorial integrity of Nigeria.