Nigerians have been advised to actively express passionate love and compassion to all veterans in their various categories as a matter of self-will.
There are those who are retired, those who have suffered various degrees of injury, and notably those who have had to pay the Supreme Price in patriotic service to their fatherland.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, announced this during the presentation of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration (AFRDC) Emblem 2022 to him and the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, by a delegation from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Nigerien Navy.
Aregbesola spoke of the need for Nigerians to reward, “our ex-servicemen that had fought gallantly in ensuring the peace we enjoy and also volunteering to defend our territories in times of inteventions and peace keeping operations.
“Veterans include the old and retired military and paramilitary officers, those who fought in battles, while some are heavily injured and incapacitated, others die, paying the ultimate supreme price in the line of duty defending our nation. All of these veterans need to be celebrated.
“Moreso, educational scholarship is being recommended for at least a sizable number of children of these veterans to attain their educational desires to any height”.
The Minister also noted that ex-service men should be commended and celebrated in addition to making adequate and deliberate plans to cater for their dependants and widows who passionately need to be assisted.
Aregbesola cited an instance where a veteran military officer who has been incapacitated during battles should not be left to his fate considering the fact that he has dependants who needs to be assisted during his incapacitation, and inability to manage them.
“We must celebrate those who volunteer their lives for the protection of our peaceful living and our national territory,” Aregbesola added.
In his welcome remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Dr Shuaib Belgore, said that it is a pleasure to greet members of the Nigerian Legion, noting that the Legion has been burdened with enormous obligations throughout the years.
“The Ministry of Interior is ready to work with the Nigerian Legion in the preparation for the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration activities,” Belgore continued.
The delegation’s leader, Group Captain Kayode Abe, thanked the Minister of Interior and his colleagues for their annual support of the Nigerian Legion’s training and activities.
The Nigerian Legion is legally responsible for ex-servicemen.
Other members of the delegation were: Brigadier General Sunday Makolo, the Secretary General of the Nigerian Legion, Dr Aisha Salihu Lemu, BOT Military Widows and Directors of the Ministry of Interior: Mr Peter Egbodo, Joint Services Department; Mrs. Betty Jeddy-Agba, Director Legal Services; and Blessing Lere-Adams, Director Press and Public Relations.
Following that, the delegation’s leader, Group Captain Kayode Abe (rtd), honored the Minister and Permanent Secretary, while Dr. Aisha Salihu Lemu did the same for the Directors. It was a colorful program that would be capped off by President Muhammad Buhari’s wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in Abuja on January 15, 2022.