Wike calls for support for legionnaires
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on Nigerians to make direct investments in the lives of legionnaires and families of late servicemen who lost their lives defending the territorial integrity of the country.
Speaking during the Emblem Appeal Launch marking this year’s Armed Forces and Remembrance Day celebration in Port Harcourt yesterday, Wike said the families of slain servicemen and legionnaires deserve all the support they can get from the people.
He said: “There is the need for us to give them the required support. We must take legionnaires and families of slain servicemen as important as we take ourselves, because they fought for this nation. They laid down their lives to ensure that we enjoy a peaceful nation.”
According to the governor, Nigeria remains united because the military personnel fought for the country; hence he implored Nigerians to donate generously to the appeal launch.
Wike announced a donation of N10million on behalf of the state government, while the 23 local councils donated N11.5m, commissioners N1.5m and special advisers to governor donated N1m.
Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Kenneth Kobani, explained that the remembrance day celebration is necessary to provide the needed support for those who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the country.
Chairman of the state chapter of Nigerian Legion, Col. Wilberforce Josiah (rtd), lauded Wike for his support for legionnaires and their families.