Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Baron Advocates Support for Veterans

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By Vincent Adaji.
The Chief Administrator of Igalamela/Odolu local government area, Hon. Joseph Baron Okwoli has pledged the support of his administration to Igalamela/Odolu war veterans and the families of fallen heroes in the Nigerian armed forces.
Baron said this at an event to mark the 2018 armed forces remembrance day held at Ajaka.

The Armed Forces Remembrance Day is held annually to remember those who died in active service as well as to celebrate the living among the Armed Forces who have suffered deprivations resulting from experiences while on the battlefront.

Hon. Baron led other top officials of the local government and the Ajaka Divisional Police Officer of the NPF to Inspects the guards of honour and laid wreaths in honour of soldiers who died in service in Nigeria and international assignments.

“Today, January 15 marks the important annual event in Nigeria called Armed Forces Remembrance Day to commemorate the fallen heroes that lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars as well as the Civil War of 1967-70 and other military engagements including the on-going Boko Haram War. We appreciate the sacrifices of security forces. Some of them who paid the ultimate sacrifice. I and the entire Igalamela/Odolu Administrative team will continue support the Nigerian Legion in the local government in order to provide some form of cushion to the physical and psychological challenges confronting ex-service men and their families”, he said.

Similarly, the Secretary to the local government, Hon. Rilwanu Inuwa commended the Nigerian Armed Forces for their heroic sacrifices to ensure the safety of lives and properties of the citizens of the country. He used the occasion to remember the hero of the war on terror, Lt Col Abu Ali, who died in the battle front alongside six of his colleagues was buried. He prayed that God will continue to give the members of the Nigerian legion and their families the strength to carry on and called on well meaning individuals to continue to support them to overcome their challenges.

Earlier, the Chairman, Igalamela/Odolu Chapter of the Nigerian Legion of Ex-Service Men WO Philip Aliyu (Rtd) called for improved support for members of the Legion. “Many of our comrades suffered terrible damages from three terrible wars and peace keeping operations worldwide and are still suffering the effects of the war on terrorism and militancy. We use this opportunity to call for government support for their families, some of whom have been made orphans, widows and widowers due to their heroic service to the nation”, he said.

WO Philip Aliyu (Rtd) also requested for office accommodation in order to enable Igalamela/Odolu chapter of the Nigerian Legion to function more effectively and pledged the support of the ex-service men for the new direction agenda of Governor Yahaya Bello.

The event was attended by the entire administrative team of the local government and other top government functionaries.

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