Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has said that Nigeria must remain as an invisible entity as a mark of honour for the fallen heroes who laid their lives for the country’s unity.
He spoke on Sunday after performing the laying of wreath and release of pigeons in commemoration of the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration at the Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos.
Governor Ambode said that the celebration signified the great sacrifices made by the fallen heroes to ensure that Nigeria remains one.
He said: “For every January 15, we come together to remember our past heroes and the whole essence of being Nigerians is for us to live as a united country and some people have laid their lives for us to be here today.
“It is important that we must continue to celebrate them and remind ourselves that the unity of Nigeria has no substitute and that is the reason we do this every year.”
The Governor, who also spoke on the efforts of the State Government at prioritising the welfare of legionnaires in the State, said the government recently gave them Hilux vehicle and increased their monthly subvention.
“We have always taken care of legionnaires in the State and I think we have the best welfare programme across the country. Just recently, we gave them Hilux vehicle for their operation and we have also increased the monthly subvention that we give to them.
“The whole essence is even beyond what we give to legionnaires, we should take proper care of all Lagosians and that is what we are doing,” Governor Ambode said.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Legion in Lagos State, Col Samuel Akande (rtd) thanked Ambode for his continuous support for legionnaires in the state, especially in the area of welfare for the widows of ex-servicemen and members of the association.