REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MR. AKINWUNMI AMBODE, THE GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE, AT THE FORMAL LAUNCH OF THE EMBLEM APPEAL WEEK TO COMMEMORATE 2018 ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY CELEBRATIONS AT THE LAGOS HOUSE, IKEJA ON WEDNESDAY 20TH DECEMBER 2017.
The Launching of the Emblem Appeal Week should remind us of the gallantry and sacrifice of men and women of the Nigerian Armed Forces, who have in no small measure contributed in protecting our nation’s cherished sovereignty.
It is that time again to remember those that have paid the supreme price in keeping our country safe and secure in challenging periods. It is time to constantly remember that our unity has been achieved at the cost of lives which has seen some homes lose Fathers, Mothers, Brothers and Sisters.
It is time to engage ourselves in deep reflection of how such homes have been coping and how the widows and children left behind have been surviving, without important loved ones. It is time to rise in support by alleviating some of their needs, it is the time to express our love, extend appreciation and show gratitude to them for their services to our fatherland.
We must indeed show to each and every veteran that their service to Fatherland is appreciated, not just by the Nation, and the State, but also by ordinary individual citizens of this great nation.
It is important that we can continue live in unity and peace. Accordingly, we must use this opportunity to convey symbolic messages to our serving Military men and women, that services and sacrifices to the Nation will always be rewarded and appreciated, to inspire them to be more patriotic and motivate them to give their all in the protection and security of our dear country.
Ladies and gentlemen, let us always treat our ex-servicemen with respect and donate generously in the support of the Nigerian Legion. Let us mobilize and extend more support for the benefit of the veterans. Let us join hands with the government in improving the welfare of the family of our fallen heroes.
Thank you and God bless you.
Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun!!!
Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode,
Governor of Lagos State,
20th December, 2017