The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has called on Nigerians to consciously care for the needs of injured soldiers as well as their widows, children and other dependents.
The governor made the call at the launching of Emblem for the Appeal Week in celebration of 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebrations held in Ibadan.
The event was part of a week-long activity organized by to commemorate the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
Ajimobi, who was represented by his deputy, Moses Adeyemo said that the state government would continue to support the activities of Nigerian Legion.
“Our administration would continue to support activities of Nigerian Legion, especially in those viable projects meant for the benefit of the dependents of fallen heroes.
“Nigeria being a prominent member of the global body has found herself involved in many peacekeeping missions within and beyond the borders of Africa.
“It is on record that many of our soldiers lost their lives in this exercise leaving a lot of responsibilities for their unprepared.
“I appeal to humanitarian spirits of our industrialists, commercial firms, organisations, philanthropists and all individuals to donate generously to the Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem Appeal Week Fund.
“So as to support the people living with disabilities, less privileged ex-servicemen and women. Nothing is too little for the families of our fallen heroes and heroines, “he said.
He applauded the efforts of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Armed Forces in combating insurgency in the country.
The governor commended the efforts of Nigerian Legion, Oyo State Chapter for imitating various relief packages designed to make legionnaires and their dependents self-sustaining to reduce poverty.
The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Folake Oshunkoya, appealed to Nigerians to spare a thought for the widows and dependents of the fallen heroes.
She also commended the effort of the Nigerian Legion and the widows for keeping their family together.
The State Chairman, Nigerian Legion, Michael Fajimi, said the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration should be seen as a sober reflection period by Nigerians and Non-Nigerians.
Fajimi said that any amount given to the veterans and fallen heroes should be seen as a wise spending in the right direction, adding that it was to complement their effort.
He further commended the state government for their untiring support to the Nigerian Legion, Oyo State Command.
“We thank God for the determined efforts of the governor in ensuring peace reign in the state. We can boldly say today that the state is one of the most peaceful in Nigeria.
“The transformation which we are currently witnessing in Oyo State through the present administration is commendable, “he said.
The event was attended by members of the State Executive Council, Service