By Fatima Sadiq
Gombe state Government has pledged continuous assistance to the Nigerian Legion and families of the fallen heroes.
The pledge was made by Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya when he donated the sum of Five Million Naira at the 2022/23 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem Appeal Fund, launched at the Government House Banquet hall, Gombe State.
Represented by his Deputy, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau, Governor Inuwa Yahaya noted the sacrifices made by the fallen heroes who paid the supreme price for Nigeria, and the need for the families of the fallen heroes to be well catered for, assuring the members of the legion and families of the fallen heroes of continued support towards making their lives bearable.
Dr. Mannasah said Gombe state Governor and his government is doing its possible best towards assisting families of fallen heroes and members of the Nigerian Legion, he also called on the resident to assist in whatever way they can to make life easy for them, Knowing too well that these fallen heroes met their fate in course of their sacrifice to ensure that security, peace, unity and eventually progress is maintained in the society.
He said “My dear veterans and family members of the fallen Heroes, Gombe State hereby launch this year’s Appeal Fund with the sum of Five Million Naira, as I call on individuals and organizations to donate towards this noble and desired event. May our Creator bless whatever will be realized and may it be used for the purpose for which it was meant, Finally, I thank you all for honoring this event. I wish to thank all the Law Enforcement Agents for the continuous struggle to maintain peace in the state. Permit me to end this event with the prayers learned from our Commander, the Governor – “May Allah make it easy for us”.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi informed the gathering that the program is to celebrate the fallen heroes who paid the supreme sacrifice to ensure Nigeria remains a united, peaceful, and well-secured entity for the good of all Nigerians.
Represented by the Commissioner of Youths Development, Hon. Abubakar Musa, the SSG Called on individuals, groups, and Associates to donate to the Nigerian Legion to contribute to providing succor to the families of the fallen heroes.
The Chairman Nigerian Legion, Gombe State Chapter Sergeant Adamu Dogo(rtd) said the Armed Forces Remembrance Day is celebrated yearly in honor of the Nigerian Armed Forces who fought in the First, and Second World Wars, the Nigerian Civil War as well as other peacekeeping missions in the country and around the world.
He explained that the 15th of January is set aside for celebrating the fallen and the living heroes by pausing to think of the plight of their families and dependants who are looking for assistance and care from society, stressing that the occasion is for sober reflection with the aim of helping them.
He then appealed to the Governor to look into the issue of their rented office which is in a state of disrepair with broken down windows, doors, without electricity, water, and toilet facilities as well as the lack of functional vehicles for their operations.
Sergeant Adamu Dogo(rtd) also appealed to the Governor to direct the Local Government Chairman to launch the program in the local governments to assist in carrying the rural communities along in the generous desire to assist the members of the legion for a better Nigeria.
The program featured decorations of dignitaries at the event as well as the launch of the emblem where financial donations were made for the legion.