Juba, 01 September, 2022 / 9:24 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Archbishop of Juba in South Sudan has called upon the thousands of troops constituting the first batch of the unified armed forces from previous rival groups to graduate in the East-Central African nation to serve the military “with honor and integrity”.
On Tuesday, August 30, South Sudan graduated over 21,000 new troops that are to constitute a unified national army, police, and other forces of security as part of the implementation of the country’s September 2018 Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).
Speaking during the graduation ceremony that took place at Dr. John Garang Mausoleum in Juba, Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin said the first batch of unified forces need to do their work to protect people of South Sudan.
“We pray that they do their work with honor and integrity,” Archbishop Ameyu said during the August 30 event that was presided over by the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir.
The South Sudanese Archbishop added, “I pray to God to give them wisdom so that they might revive in their hearts, the Christian sense of forgiveness, peace and reconciliation.”