Decoration ceremony for military personnel who fought the coup attempt on 24th December

On Saturday 17th March, the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, oversaw the presentation ceremony for medals for the personnel of the Armed Forces and State Security Corps who took part in the operation to capture the mercenaries from the frustrated coup operation last December.

The Chancellor of National Orders, Daniel Nkua Nkua, read Decree number 35/2018, of 17th March, issued by the Presidency of the Republic, which awards these decorations to the military personnel who took part in this difficult mission, for their demonstration of sacrifice, bravery and professionalism.

The President of the Republic, in his capacity as Supreme Head of the Armed Forces and State Security Corps, General Captain of the Armies, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, was in charge of pinning the first , second and third class medals on the 85 present from the military, and one for suffering for the homeland to agent first class, Jose Manuel Mba Ondo, awarded posthumously.

H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo made it clear that the military are those who must defend the peace and security of the Nation, Through your actions you have to follow and respect judicial law, the constitution of the State of Equatorial Guinea, the laws which emerge from the constitution, because without that, Equatorial Guinea would be in a defenceless situation”.

Now that we are free, we are independent, we have the duty and the obligation to defend the homeland so that we do not once again fall into the hands of foreign domination, given that our enemies and detractors are not now going to come in the form of colonial occupiers like in the past, but through manoeuvres to destroy and remotely control African countries by exploiting the lack of knowledge. Thus, the most important thing for a nation is the homeland, to defend the independence that is the power of the people, in this sense, because the people of Equatorial Guinea are the only ones with the faculties to lead the country through elected representatives, and not through forced occupation”, continued the President, through his history of the liberation of the African continent.

The Head of State recalled that, only months from the 50th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, the military should have the conscience to defend the country with the attitude of carrying out their work for the homeland.

The ceremony took place at the Headquarters of the Naval Forces in Sipopo in the presence of the Vice-President of the Republic, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, and the First Vice Prime Minister, Clemente Engonga Nguema Onguena, among other figures.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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