From Uche Uche Damaturu
Over N20 million was yesterday realized as donation during the launch of the Emblem Appeal Week to mark the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, which took place at the WAWA Hall, Government House,
The highest donation of N12 million was from the Tobe state government, while the state governor, Alh. Ibrahim Gaidam made a personal donation of N1 million.
Other donations of N500, 000 came from the deputy governor, Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, while the Speaker, Yobe state House of Assembly, honourable Adamu Dala dogo made a personal donation of N250, 000,
while the members of the house made a total donation of N1.2 million.
The secretary to the state government and the head of service made donations of N200, 000 each in support of the appeal fund.
Speaking during the occasion, the State Governor, Alh. Ibrahim Gaidam stated that the event which is organized annually became necessary to in order to remember and appreciate the invaluable contributions made
by the Nigerian soldiers who participated and fought in the first and second world wars, the Nigerian civil war, in peace missions and in internal security operations particularly against insurgency, acts of terrorism and other criminal activities in defense of justice and liberty.
In the process of fighting these wars, the governor said, many of them paid the supreme sacrifice and never returned from the battle field and peace keeping missions, leaving behind their beloved ones made up of children, wives and other dependents, while some others returned disabled in numerous ways raising therefore the need to assist them with their needs.
With the war against Boko Haram insurgency in Yobe as case study, and the role played by the Nigerian armed forces in securing the state, the governor pointed out that without the Nigerian armed forces and other security agencies, the state and indeed the nation could have been overrun by the insurgents.
Thus, in his speech, he emphasized that the weeklong celebration is therefore an opportunity for all to offer special prayers for the repose of the souls of the fallen heroes, pay tribute to them in addition to raising funds towards assisting those left behind by the fallen heroes and heroines and continue to assist members of the statechapter of the Nigerian legion.
The governor has equally assured that the state government would give appropriate consideration to the request made by the chairman of the Nigerian legion, state chapter for the provision of farmland,
irrigation pumps, tractors, fertilizers among others to members of the legion.
Earlier in his speech, the state chairman of the Nigerian legion, Captain Laddi Ibrahim, has after commending the governor for his visible landmark developmental achievements, assistances rendered to members of the legion, requested that the state government to consider allocating farmlands irrigation pumps, tractors, fertilizers among others to members of the legion to its members who are farmers to enable them improve their living standard.