By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
The Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi has said that the Federal Government will continue to place high premium on the welfare and wellbeing of Nigeria’s fallen heroes, veterans and their spouses.
A statement issued at the weekend by Charles Nwodo, Director Press and Public Relations, said Magashi opined that it was necessary for the Federal Government to appreciate the efforts and gallantry exhibited by the living and fallen heroes in the discharge of their National assignment of safeguarding the integrity of Nigeria.
The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Babangida Hussaini, said this while inaugurating the 2021 National Planning Committee on Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration AFRDC in the Ministry of Defence, Abuja.
In his words, “As you may be aware, the AFRDC is organized by the Ministry of Defence on behalf of the Federal Government in honour of the Fallen Heroes who laid down their lives in service to humanity during the first and second world wars, the Nigerian Civil War, Peace Support and Internal Security Operations. The event is also used to honour the living veterans and raise funds to support the families of the fallen heroes”.
Maj Gen Magashi noted that Nigeria has been engulfed in various internal crisis such as; the war against terrorism, Banditry, Cattle Rustling, Herdsmen/Farmers clashes and separatists agitation which sometimes turn violent, adding that these security challenges have tasked the capabilities and resources of our Armed Forces.
He affirmed that it is fitting that the nation remembers and appreciates these sacrifices and raise the consciousness of our citizens to the worthy cause of supporting those who chose to make them.