Nigeria: “National Leaders Unite in Solemn Tribute on Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Pledging Support for Veterans and Families”

Nigeria: “National Leaders Unite in Solemn Tribute on Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Pledging Support for Veterans and Families”

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

On the poignant occasion of Armed Forces Remembrance Day, President Bola Tinubu took the lead in a somber tribute alongside Senate President Senator Godswill Akpabio, members of the Federal Executive Council, National Assembly, service chiefs, and diplomats. Across the nation, Governors from all 36 states and regional organizations joined in commemorating the event, expressing their commitment to enhance the lives of retired and serving military personnel and the families of fallen heroes.

The annual observance pays homage to the fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives in the First and Second World Wars, the Nigerian Civil War, peace missions, and various internal security operations. Beyond honoring the deceased, the event serves as a platform for acknowledging living veterans and seeks financial, moral, and material support for the families of fallen heroes.

In the heart of Abuja, President Tinubu conducted a solemn ceremony, laying a wreath and symbolically releasing pigeons to signify national peace and freedom. Senate President Akpabio emphasized the need to honor and respect Nigeria’s fallen heroes, stressing the profound sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces to maintain unity and peace in the nation.

Governor Bababjide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos echoed this sentiment, expressing continued appreciation for both serving and fallen members of the Armed Forces who defended Nigeria’s territorial integrity. He pledged ongoing remembrance, prayers for fallen heroes, and support for their families.

Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State expressed gratitude for the sacrifice made by ex-servicemen in ensuring peace and unity. He committed his administration to supporting veterans, acknowledging their contributions to the peace and security of the state and the nation.

In Plateau State, Governor Caleb Mutfwang commended the military’s efforts in addressing security challenges, despite recent unfortunate incidents. He expressed gratitude for their commitment and extended condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones.

Governor Alex Otti of Abia State hailed the Nigerian Armed Forces for safeguarding the nation’s territorial integrity and securing the lives and property of its citizens. He acknowledged the challenges the nation faces but emphasized the importance of not losing sight of the daily sacrifices made by uniformed personnel to maintain stability.

Governor Umaru Bago of Niger State considered engaging ex-servicemen to address security challenges in the state. He acknowledged the unique perspective and experiences of these individuals, suggesting their potential contribution to addressing contemporary security issues.

In Osogbo, Osun State, Governor Ademola Adeleke emphasized that the security of lives and property should be a major national priority. He highlighted the importance of a secure nation for human and capital development.

Akwa Ibom State, through Governor Umo Eno, reiterated its commitment to celebrating the patriotism and sacrifices of the Armed Forces. A donation of N100 million to the widows of fallen heroes and N25 million to the Nigerian Legion was announced, underscoring the state’s tangible support for its heroes.

Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State disbursed N30 million in microcredit revolving loans to 66 widows of fallen heroes, acknowledging their sacrifices in a unique and interest-free initiative.

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State lauded the Nigerian Armed Forces for their sacrifices and efforts to unite the nation. He appreciated the military’s role in maintaining civil rule and ensuring democracy in the country.

In conclusion, the nation came together on Armed Forces Remembrance Day to honor, remember, and support those who have served and continue to serve, recognizing their invaluable contributions to Nigeria’s past, present, and future.

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