Obaseki, Dickson urge appreciation of fallen heroes’ sacrifice
The governor made the call at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Benin City, Edo State, yesterday.
Obaseki said this year’s celebration was remarkable as it marks 50 years since the end of the civil war.
He noted that the sacrifices of the fallen heroes should not be taken for granted, but serve as a reminder that the country’s unity was non-negotiable.
Chairman, Nigeria Legion, Edo council, Col. Sunny Eboigbe (rtd.), said the annual event should remind citizens of the essence of peace and stability as the most cherished ingredient for progress and development in any nation.
He appealed to governments at all levels to initiate sustainable welfare packages for ex-servicemen and widows of fallen heroes to reduce their dependence on charity.
Also, Bayelsa State government has urged corporate bodies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and other Nigerians to donate generously to the welfare of the families left behind by the fallen heroes.
Governor Seriake Dickson made the appeal during this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day/Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Peace Park, Yenagoa.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the event, the governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Kemela Okara, commended the pivotal role of the men and women of the various armed forces in safeguarding the country’s territorial integrity.
According to Dickson, January 15 is earmarked to commemorate the gallantry, bravery, and valour of both serving and dead officers and men in keeping the country united, peaceful and stable through their selfless sacrifices and contributions.
Chairman of the state chapter of the Legion, Mr. Okubokikeme Ogele, said the annual event was organised to draw attention and cater to the families of the slain heroes and the general welfare of legionnaires.
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