Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has commended President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria’s armed forces for their gallantry and success in the fight against the boko haram insurgents.
In an address on the occasion of the launch of the 2016 Armed Forces Remembrance and Emblem Appeal Week in Enugu, Governor Ugwuanyi assured them of his administration’s solidarity, goodwill and sincere gratitude.
He urged President Buhari and the military not to relent, calling on Nigerians to pray for the armed forces for the sustenance of their success in fighting insurgency in the country.
The governor appealed to Nigerians to keep faith with Nigeria and to appreciate the sacrifice of Nigerian fallen heroes and heroines who laid down their lives in the service of their father land by donating either in cash or kind for the upkeep of these veterans’ dependents and the ex-servicemen who are lucky to be alive but are in need.
Governor Ugwuaniyi also commended the Enugu State branch of the Nigerian Legion for its initiative and giant strides to rehabilitate their disabled colleagues.
“It is a time to remind ourselves of the plight of the ex-servicemen as well as the survival of the dependents of these fallen heroes and show them our appreciation for the sacrifice they made to preserve our lives and the nation,” he said.
In his address, the State Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Enugu State Council, Mr. George Amalu, noted that the event was set aside for the remembrance of Nigerian Fallen heroes and heroines who voluntarily laid down their lives in the service of their father land.
The chairman enumerated the challenges facing the legion in the state among which is the lack of annual subventions to the legion, stating that they had not received subventions since 2008.
He further requested both the federal and state government to offer scholarships to indigent children of the fallen heroes and to absorb qualified ones into the state civil service.
The event was attended by the state top government officials including the former governor of old Anambra State, Chief Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo.