Nigerians have been urged to honour the nation’s fallen heroes and military veterans who paid the supreme sacrifice for the nation’s unity through welfare initiatives for their families.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, made the call while he received in audience a relation of the Nigerian Legion led by the National Chairman, retired Brig.-Gen. Jones Akpa.
He commended the Nigerian legion for it’s continued services to the country as security personnel both in public and private offices.
The SGF promised that a circular would be issued to mobilize the support of ministries, departments and agencies for the Nigeria Legion ahead of the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
“Like the President said, you remain in our prayers. We will send out a circular to MDAs to receive and support you because your members continue to provide security services to offices,” he said.
Mustapha, however, urged corporate organisations and business concerns to support the cause of veterans and well meaning Nigerians through voluntary donations, employment and welfare support.
He expressed appreciation to the Nigerian legion and officers and men of the armed forces, serving and retired, for the wonderful services to the nation both in time of peace and conflict.
“A lot of your members have paid the supreme sacrifice to keep the nation one both in Nigeria and outside as participating troops in United Nations missions. Nigeria army and the police have participated in most peace keeping missions of the UN than other nations.
“We have shared in affliction and grief of other nations and Nigeria is eternally grateful for your sacrifices.
“We will continue to support you because we believe people who have worked for peace and tranquility of our nation and other nations because, we believe you deserve better support, recognition and care.
“So all MDAs should support and wear the emblem with pride until January 15th when it is celebrated. Those who paid sacrifice should continuously be honored and if we are consistent they will not be forgotten,” Mustapha said.
In his remarks, the National Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Akpa expressed gratitude to the Nigerian government for the support given to the legionnaires so far, while calling for a stronger partnership.
Akpa also used the opportunity to commend the SGF and his team for an effective coordination of the country’s response on COVID-19.
Akpa urged members of the PTF not to be tired despite the lackadaisical attitude of some Nigerians against COVID-19.
According to him, the nation’s armed forces sacrifice every year so that others may survive.
The highlight of the occasion was the decoration of the SGF, permanent secretaries, some directors in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Journalist with the 2021 Armed Forces emblem.
Persecondnews reports that January 15 is observed as the Armed Forces Remembrance Day.