Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has reiterated the State’s commitment to continuously recognize and honor the sacrifices made by members of the Nigerian armed forces.
The Lagos State Governor made this known at the launch of the emblem for the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day and Appeal Fund held on Tuesday at the State House, Marina.
At the event jointly organized by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the State chapter of the Nigerian Legion, he promised that the family members of ex-service personnel who died fighting for the unity of the country will be supported by the state.
Sanwo-Olu who donated N5 million to the Appeal Fund also pledged that ex-service personnel that became physically challenged in line of duty will receive support from the state.
The Governor said, “As a government, we will continue to modestly support the welfare of our heroes and identify with your cause. We will continue to ensure that we bring succour and relief to the gallant officers that have served this country at one point in time or the other.
“The ex-servicemen who have now grown to become old soldiers have served the country at the prime age. The least we can do as a state is to continue to celebrate these brave men and women who made sacrifices for our country’s unity.
“Through the Legion, we will assist in the welfare of those inflicted with disabilities, also ensuring the families of fallen heroes are not forgotten. This is the reason the state generously donate to the Appeal Fund.”
He thereafter added that Lagos State would always identify with the heroism and gallantry of servicemen who gave their all to the service of the country.
The Armed Forces Remembrance Day (AFRD) is observed on 15 January to commemorate the servicemen of the Nigerian Armed Forces. It also honors veterans the World War I and II as well as the Nigerian Civil War.