Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has called on Nigerians to imbibe the culture of care and love for orphans, widows and other loved ones of deceased soldiers, who had gallantly laid down their lives in the struggle to preserve the territorial integrity of their fatherland.
Ambode made the call in an address delivered on his behalf by his Deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, at the Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony, held at the Remembrance Arcade, adjacent Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos Island on Monday.
He informed that Jan. 15 “is symbolic in Nigeria’s history because it was the date that the treaty ending Nigerian Civil War that claimed many lives of our gallant heroes was signed”.
The governor said Jan. 15 was a day set aside, not only to remember the heroic contributions of our departed men and women in uniform but also to remind ourselves that we have duties to promote the welfare of those left behind by our late soldiers.
“We are to appreciate the noble contribution of these soldiers and civilians, most of whom, in their prime age, lost their lives to preserve our unity and to identify with and reassure those who had suffered permanent or partial disability while defending the sovereignty of the nation.
While praising officers and men of Nigerian Armed Forces and other men in uniform, who continue to ensure the preservation of Nigeria’s territorial boundary, the governor charged Nigerians to always give peace a chance, eschew violence and embrace dialogue in conflict resolutions, for enduring peace and harmony to reign in the country.
He went on to express the determination of his Administration to continue the policy of sustain the welfare of the ex-servicemen, as well as widows and orphans of “our hero and heroine” who paid supreme sacrifice and gave their lives to their country.
He affirmed that he would always partner with, and patronize the services of the legionnaires in his bid to enhance the peace and security of the State.
The high point of the ceremony was the laying of Wreath performed by Adebule, Mrs Folasade Adesoye, the Lagos State Head of Service,the Chief Judge of Lagos- Justice Opeyemi Oke, Commander 9 Brigade Nigerian Army- Brigadier General E. A. Attu, and the Commanding Officer NNS Beecroft, Rear Admiral M. A. Eno.
Others who laid wreath were the Commander 551 Base Services Group, Nigerian Airforce Base, Ikeja-Air Commodore Olumide Olatunji and the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal among others.
By Our Correspondent