The Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Yahaya says families of Nigerian veterans and fallen heroes deserve support and assistance because of the supreme price they paid in keeping the country united and the people safe.
Governor Yahaya said during the 2019/2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day and Emblem Appeal Fund in Gombe that the significance of the event was not just to remember the fallen heroes, but to raise funds to cater for the families they left behind.
He said the funds would also cover retired soldiers who had been incapacitated in line of duty.
The Governor pledged to continue to support the legionnaires, as well as other security agencies and relevant stakeholders to preserve peace and stability, while pledging his commitment to the security of lives and property of the people of Gombe State.
He commended the efforts of the Nigerian military in keeping the country united and for protecting the country against internal and external threats, while acknowledging their contributions to the United Nations Peacekeeping missions in the world.
Governor Yahaya also highlighted the significant role of the military in the North East, which had been facing security challenges.
Role of the Nigerian Legion
He said his administration had created the Ministry of Internal Security and Ethical Orientation to confront the challenges and secure the people in the State, subsequently highlighting the critical role of the Nigerian Legion in enhancing security in the various communities in Gombe State.
For the Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Naomi Awak said the heroes should not only be remembered, but reflect on the plight of the heroes who are still alive.
Mrs. Awak saluted the patriotic soldiers, who had fought hard while fighting gallantly and fearlessly to defeat the Boko Haram Insurgents and also protecting lives and property.
She appealed to every Nigerian to show appreciation to the Military for the courage and sacrifice exhibited by those who served, and both serving and fallen heroes, so that the rest of Nigeria would live in peace, especially in the North East.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Legion in Gombe State, Warrant Officer Ibrahim Madaki said the legion remains grateful to the government and people of Gombe State for supporting previous launches, while expressing the judicious use of appeal fund donations in previous years.
Warrant Officer Madaki however appealed for the support to establish a Corp of commissionaires in the state, a piece of land to build a befitting secretariat, as well as vehicles, such as motor cycle in each of the local government areas for their routine duties, among others.