Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has dolled out the sum N100 million as a gift to the Nigerian Legion on the occasion of the 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in the state.
Wike announced the gift after the wreath-laying event at the Isaac Boro Park on Sunday in Port Harcourt.
He also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for sustaining the fight against insecurity across the nation.
The Governor also noted that since the Civil War, there is hardly a year the nation’s armed forces have not been assigned to one bloody combat mission or the other within or outside the country.
“I commend the President, General Muhammadu Buhari for sustained efforts at defeating Boko Haram insurgents and bandits terrorizing and destroying our communities in parts of our country.
"The restoration of peace to our troubled geo-political regions and the conduct of free and fair general elections are the best legacies you can live for our country.
“As leaders, our goal must be one Nigeria, one destiny, and the challenges of building a more fair, inclusive and just society are not beyond us.
"Therefore, I will not relent in my prayers to God to enable Mr President and other leaders of our country to succeed in our mission and commitments to our country.”
Speaking on the sacrifices of the armed forces and their families, Wike said, “We respect them for the dangerous professional path they willingly chose and love them as our children, relations, friends and members of our communities in the nation’s service.
“But they loved us more and even more significantly as fellow Nigerians by risking their lives, health, family and future on the battlefields to defend and protect us from harm’s way in return for almost nothing.
“We owe them a great deal as a nation. We owe them as States.
"We owe them as a people. Collectively, we owe them a debt we cannot repay.
"Though the much we can do on this day is extoll their virtues, commemorate their sacrifice and honour their heroic exploits so they would never be forgotten for putting their lives on the line for us and others to live.
“As a state government, we have, over the years, provided financial support to our veterans through the state office of the Nigerian Legion.
"We have since redeemed the N50,000,000.00 (fifth million naira) pledge we made during the remembrance emblem appeal fund launch in December 2022.
“Today, I wish to donate the sum of N100, 000,000.00 (one hundred million naira) on behalf of the state government for the economic empowerment of the veteran servicemen from Rivers State.”
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