By: Joshua Adinoyi
Nigerian leaders and other well-to-do individuals in the Society have been called upon to accord more attention to the welfare of family members of fallen heroes.
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, made the call at the Climax of the 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration and Laying of Wreath at the Cenotaph in Lokoja, Kogi State Capital.
He noted that the onus lies on government officials and other well-to-do individuals to cater for the family they left behind, stressing that such will go a long way at encouraging those currently serving the Country.
“15th of January every year, is a day set aside to remember our Fallen Heroes, those who paid the supreme sacrifice so that we can live in peace and harmony
“In order for their sacrifices not to be in vain, those of us in leadership position today should always remember their families – children, wives, among others
“Even those that are serving the Country today, all day and night, standing under the rain, under the sun, entering bushes and kicking out criminals, must be encouraged, they should be well rewarded and appreciated
“I urge all our citizens to collaborate with them, provide adequate and credible information and intelligence with which we will be able to wipe criminals out of our society because if we don’t remove the criminals, the criminals will come for you” he said.
Governor Bello also appreciated all uniform men in the State for their commitment to the security of lives and property of the people of Kogi State, assuring that his government will continue to accord attention to their welfare.
The Governor also warned politicians in the State not to hide under the Veil of politics to import criminal elements into the State, assuring that his administration will deal decisively with anyone caught in such act.
“This period is a political season but we will not mix politics with security of lives and livelihood of the citizen of our dear State
“Let no one, however how highly placed you are, take laws into their hands and hide under politics and import criminals and terrorists into our Communities
“If anyone try such, we will catch them and deal with them decisively” Gov. Bello warned.
Commodore Omodara also appreciated Kogites for their efforts at providing authentic information to security agents, assuring them of a continued partnership.
On his part, the Chairman, Nigeria Legion of Ex-Service Men, Kogi State Chapter, Retired Warrant Officer David Salau, said the present administration in Kogi State has accorded attention to their welfare and also hailed members for their commitment so far.