Boko Haram: Gov. Akeredolu gifts N100,000 to fallen soldiers’ widows, decries hardship facing them
Ahead of the commemoration of 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day on January 14, 2019, the Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has resolved to give N100,000 to each of the widows of soldiers from the 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure who lost their lives in the war against Boko Haram insurgents. Governor Akeredolu, who disclosed that the money would be given as grants to the widows, stated that there is nothing too good or too much that can be done to replace the precious lives lost or remedy the deprivations.
Speaking during the launch of the Emblem Appeal for the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Ondo State, at the Cocoa Conference hall of the Governor’s Office, Alagbaka, Akure, he noted that dependants of the falling heros always go through untold which he said is avoidable.
“Government at all levels had been laying emphasis on the celebration to continually recognise the selfless and sacrificial services of our fallen heroes who had laid down their lives in wars and peace keeping efforts around the world, and those currently serving, day and night to guarantee the peace and unity of the nation.
“Special recognition and appreciation must be accorded our gallant soldiers who had been involved in the war against Boko-Haram and had paid the supreme price in the process. The current daring posture of the enemy which had cost us the lives of many of our gallant soldiers, to say the least, is condemnable.
“Without the sacrifice and commitment of these officers and men of the Armed Forces, it is a matter of time before the whole country is overrun. God forbid. This apart, it is the sustained effort of these officers and men that has kept at bay the herdsmen and farmers’ crisis, kidnapping, armed robbery and unpatriotic agitations confronting the country.
“The month-long Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration is, therefore, a golden opportunity for the government and the society to empathise with the widows and relations of our fallen heroes, especially those that were cut down in their prime.
“The onus is on us to soberly reflect on the plight of these categories of persons and resolve to ensure that they live socially acceptable lives.
“A major objective of the Emblem Appeal Fund is to provide financial and material support to families of the fallen heroes as well as veterans who survived various military operations with some sustaining various degrees of injuries that had rendered them incapacitated,” Akeredolu said.