15 January 2013

Nigeria: Aregbesola Makes Case for Ex-Servicemen

Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun on Tuesday called on Nigerians to re-examine their attitude toward the military by offering support to war veterans and their families.

The governor, who made the call at the 2013 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Osogbo, said Nigerians ought to appreciate the contribution of the military to the development of the Nigerian state.

Aregbesola, whose address was entitled, " In Honour of Our Fallen Heroes," was represented by his deputy, Mrs Titilayo Tomori-Laoye.

He said soldiers, including retired and fallen heroes deserved to be honoured.

"They fought gallantly and some of them died in the service of their fatherland."

"So, we must keep alive the memories of our men in the military and this day should be a sober reflection to remember our brave and courageous soldiers who fell in battle.

"The society should respond to the needs of the ex-servicemen to enable the living among them fulfill their noble dreams and be proud of their fatherland," he said.

Aregesola, who lamented that some of their widows were homeless, called on the concerned authorities to ensure that the families of the fallen heroes promptly get their entitlements.

The highlight of the occasion was the laying of wreath by the governor and other personalities including the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanpekun.

Also present were Mr Najeem Salaam, Speaker of the state House of Assembly; Justice Gloria Olagoke, Acting Chef Judge of the state and Mr Olayinka Owoeye, the Head of Service. (NAN)

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