As the nation marks the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has tasked Nigerians to continue to sacrifice toward the nation’s unity, peace and progress.
The governor gave the charge in Ibadan on Tuesday during the wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the Day.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that wreaths were laid at the cenotaph by the governor, the Chief Judge and heads of security agencies in the state.
Ajimobi said that in sacrificing for the country, Nigerians must maintain peace and tranquility for progress and sustainable development.
He called on the nation’s gallant officers to ensure her integrity was protected in all ramifications.
He said “I think we should maintain peace. Let us unite. Let us make sure we continue to sacrifice for Nigeria.
“My message is that we should all live in the spirit of the remembrance day, which is the unity and progress of the country and our state.
“We should just ensure that we continue to protect the country, to continue to ensure that the integrity of Nigeria is maintained in all ramifications.”
The governor also called on Nigerians to live peacefully and ensure free and fair general elections.
Maj.-Gen. Fidelis Azinta, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2 Division of Nigerian Army, said that the event was an opportunity for the army to appreciate the support enjoyed from government and the people.
He said “the remembrance day is also an opportunity to appreciate what our past heroes have done for the country.”
Deacon Michael Fajimi, the Chairman of Nigerian Legion, Oyo State chapter, commended the Federal Government for the payment of monthly pension when due.
Fajimi expressed gratitude to God for the lives of ex-servicemen in Nigeria, saying “we thank God for the lives of
ex-servicemen in Nigeria and we thank the Federal Government for the payment of our monthly pension when due but like Oliver Twist, we want more.
“If our request is treated by Federal Government accordingly, it will encourage serving soldiers, knowing fully well that when they leave service, they will be treated well.”