Armed Forces Remembrance Day is celebrated every January 15
The Ogun State government on Monday donated N1 million to the Ogun State chapter of the Nigerian Legion to mark the Armed Forces Remembrance Day; promising that a brand new bus would also be provided before the actual day, January 15.
The state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, announced the gesture at his Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, office, pointing out that the annual celebration was more than a remembrance, but a way of saying “thank you” to those who played significant roles in the unity of Nigeria.
He also promised ex-servicemen in the state of better welfare, saying their past services to the nation will not be taken for granted.
He said that remembering the ex-servicemen should go beyond words of mouth in appreciating them for their services to the nation as many of them paid the supreme sacrifice of death while many others were injured in the process.
The governor commended the state chapter of the Legion for its efforts in taking care of the families of its deceased members, assuring that the government would continue in its care for those who are still alive as well as families of the dead.
“For us as a government, we will continue to do our best in taking care of those who are still alive and we will not relent in remembering the dead. We will ensure that we assist the ex-service men because we know that some do not have the physical strength having served selflessly. We will not take your service for granted’, he said.
While commending the Armed Forces for participating in peace missions across Africa, Mr. Amosun thanked serving officers for holding forth in ensuring that Nigeria is united and protected. He charged corporate organisations and individuals to donate generously towards the launching of the emblem.
The Chairman of the Ogun Legion, Tosin Oshunsi, commended the state government for its various developmental strides, promising that the Legion would always be willing to support the vision of the Amosun administration.