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We will not take armed forces for granted – VP

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has assured Nigerians that the Federal Government would continue to recognise the sacrifices of the men and women of the nation’s armed forces.

Professor Osinbajo gave the assurance during an interdenominational Church service organised by the Ministry of Defence to commemorate the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration in Abuja.

He said that government would continue to prioritise their welfare and the wellbeing of the families of fallen heroes.

Professor Osinbajo explained that the sacrifices of the men and women of the armed forces both dead and living was responsible for the existence of Nigeria as a nation today.

He stressed that many veterans of various conflicts over time, paid the supreme sacrifice including their families who also suffer and experience deprivation.

The National Chairman, Nigerian Legion, retired Brig.-Gen. Adakole Akpa, urged the government to continue to improve the welfare and wellbeing of the veterans and their families.

Retired Brig.-Gen Akpa said that President Muhammadu Buhari had shown commitment that he understood the plight of the legionnaires, adding that the government had assured of its continuous support.

He however called on the veterans who are still living to identity with the body to enable them benefit from the effort of the legion.

According to him, everyone who has served this country as a war veteran should identify so that the body can plan for them and make them useful citizens.

“Legion has a lot of programmes prepared for everybody including agriculture, agro-allied industry, manufacturing, architecture and estate development.

“These are things that we have in place and the legion is the main platform established by act of the National Assembly to take care of all ex-service men both pensioners and those not pensionable,” he said.

The interdenominational service is part of the series of events lined up to commemorate the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration 2020.

It is an annual event organised by the Ministry of Defence to honour fallen heroes who laid down their lives during the First and Second World Wars, Nigerian Civil War and Peace Support.

It is to also celebrate those who lost their lives in various Internal Security Operations particularly the current war against terrorism.

The event is celebrated globally on Nov. 11 every year but Nigeria decided to celebrate the day on Jan. 15 to mark the end of the civil war.

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