…Rallies support for fallen heroes
By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has called on all Nigerians not to relent in serving the nation selflessly and with utmost patriotism, adding the greatest form of godliness was service to humanity, just as he appealed to Nigerians to extend support and care to families of fallen heroes and maimed soldiers during the Nigeria’s Civil War and the current war against insurgency.
The Governor made the remark while speaking with newsmen after laying the wreath in commemoration of the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day held at the Government House Arcade, Ibadan on Monday.
According to him: “We must always give honour to those whom it is due. Today, we are honouring our fallen heroes who have laid down their lives for national peace and unity.”
“The lesson is that we will die at the end of the day. What do you like to have believed? How do you want to be remembered? We are remembering them today as heroes because they paid the utmost sacrifice in the service of humanity and godliness,’’ he said.
The Governor said: “It is on record that many of our soldiers lost their lives in these exercises, leaving a lot of responsibilities for their unprepared families, adding that his administration will continue to support activities of Nigerian Legion, especially in those viable projects meant for the dependents of fallen heroes.”
He added that “Nigeria, being a prominent member of the global body, found herself involved in many peace keeping missions within and beyond the borders of Africa.”
While Ajimobi said the state government would continue to support activities of the Nigerian Legion, he, however, appealed to public-spirited individuals, industrialists, commercial firms, organisations, philanthropists and all concerned stakeholders to contribute to the families of the fallen heroes.
“The gesture will assist people living with disabilities, less privileged ex-servicemen and women. Nothing is too little for the families of our fallen heroes and heroines,” he added.
The Governor also commended the legion in the state for imitating various relief packages designed to make legionnaires and their dependents self-sustaining.
Also in an interview, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Chukwunedum Abraham said that it was good that the country was remembering those who have paid the supreme price.
He charged soldiers in active service to work harder to ensure national unity as well as peaceful co-existence, which he said wereone of their major functions.
However, the governor inspected a guard of hour and released ceremonial peace balloons, while special prayers were offered for the fallen heroes and their families.
The programme also featured firing of rounds volley by men of the Nigerian Army in honour of the fallen heroes.
In attendance were the state’s deputy governor, Chief Moses Adeyemo; Air CDR. Olalekan Lawal, Commander, Nigerian Air Force Detachment, Ibadan and Mr. Abiodun Odude, state’s Commissioner of Police.
Also present were , Chairman of the Oyo State Command of Nigerian Legion, Deacon Michael Fajimi; Commander, National DrugLaw Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mrs. Cecilia Alao and the Chief Judge of Oyo State, Hon. Justice Munta Abimbola, who wasrepresented by Justice Ladiran Akintola.
Also in attendance were heads of security agencies in the state, Alhaji Olalekan Alli, Secretary to the State Government and members of the State Executive Council.