Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has called for support for war veterans and the families of soldiers who died serving their fatherland.
Ajimobi said this while inaugurating the 2013 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem in Ibadan on Wednesday.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Chief Alake Adeyemo, announced a donation of N3.5m to the programme by the state government.
He said, “It is quite gratifying to note that this annual event was borne out of the need to cater for the welfare of families of soldiers who lost their lives in the two World Wars, the Nigerian Civil War and peace keeping missions.
Ajimobi also stressed the need to care for maimed soldiers, their widows and dependants.
He said, “Let me appeal to fellow Nigerians, especially the wealthy among us, that as we empathise with families of the fallen heroes and war veterans, we should support the Nigerian Legion to ensure a purposeful, dynamic and social sustenance of the vulnerable and the less privileged.”
Chairman, Nigerian Legion, Oyo State, Alhaji Kayode Adigun, said, “This is the only period when we demonstrate our love to our fallen heroes who had fought different wars in order to keep this country together.”
Adigun lauded the state government’s decision to retain members of the group as security men.
He also called for the renovation of the state headquarters of the Nigerian Legion and review the monthly subvention to local and state headquarters.
Among those present on the occasion were Brig. -Gen. Olusegun Adeleke, representing the General Officer Commanding, 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. MD Abubakar; Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. John Mbu; Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community Development, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Atinuke Osunkoya; and the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Folusho Sali.