2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem Appeal
Sacrifice By Ex-Servicemen Must Never Be In Vain
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday urged
Nigerians to refrain from acts that could cause unrest and war in the country,
saying that the nation cannot afford to travel that path anymore as the end
results are always devastating.
Governor Ambode, who spoke at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja
while launching the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem Appeal Week, said the
period was a reminder for Nigerians to realise that the unity of the nation
must remain paramount above every persona interest.
He said, “The Nigerian Armed Forces veterans and fallen heroes
did not fight for the sovereignty of the nation based on their tribe, ethnicity
and religion, then why should we now allow the things that brought us together
as one to now celebrate us and cause a conflagration of incitement that want to
disintegrate our nation,”.
The Governor, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr.
Mrs Idiat Adebule, particularly alluded to the electioneering period often
associated with civil unrest, noting that the peace and unity of the country
must not be compromised in the course of the exercise.
“As we head into the electioneering year, I appeal to every
candidate vying for a position, party members and youths in the society to look
beyond self gratification that could lead to civil unrest and lawlessness in
the society,” he said.
Launching the Armed Forces Emblem, Governor Ambode it was yet
another reminder for all Nigerians to reflect on the sacrifices made by gallant
heroes, some of whom paid the ultimate price to keep the nation together as one
indivisible nation and the collective and individual responsibility to the
welfare of the families they left behind and the survivors who suffered
devastating injuries during the war.
He said the occasion was a clarion call for everyone to show
serving military men, veterans and families of fallen heroes that their services
and sacrifices to the nation was not only in vain but greatly appreciated.
“Let us show love and compassion to them for the freedom we all
enjoy is a depravation to others. In doing this, we inspire and motivate them
to give their all in the protection and security of our dear country.
“I hereby implore you all to always treat our ex-service men
with respect and donate generously in the support of the Nigerian legion. Let
us mobilise and extend more support for the benefits of the veterans. Let us
join hands with the government in improving the welfare of the families of our
fallen heroes,” Governor Ambode said.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the State Commissioner for Home
Affairs, Dr. Abdul Hakeem Abdul Lateef, emphasised the need for all citizens to
appreciate the gallant fallen heroes through donations for the welfare and
upkeep of their families, saying the emblem launch was to signify the
commencement of the appeal week.
Also speaking, Chairman of Lagos State Branch of Nigerian
Legion, Col. Samuel Fola Akande (Rtd) commended Governor Ambode for his efforts
at rapidly transforming the State and fulfilling the promises made to the
He specially thanked the Governor for donating N25million, 600
bags of LAKE Rice to the legionnaires last year and approving the employment of
trained commanders of the legion to work in the security units of Ministries,
Departments and Agencies as well as schools, saying the gesture went a long way
in putting smiles on the faces of the families of fallen heroes.