Army Promises to Assist Families of Fallen Soldiers
By Ijeoma Esek
General Officer Commanding 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Olu Irefin has urged soldiers at battlefields across the nation to remain steadfast in their service to Nigeria.
Irefin stated this at an event to commemorate the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Lagos.
He noted the day is set aside to remember service personnel that paid the supreme sacrifice during the 2nd World War, the Nigerian Civil War and other combat operations within and outside the country.
The GOC who said the Army will continue to assist and encourage the families they left behind, especially in the area of education and welfare, also added that the legacy and sacrifices of the fallen heroes will not be left aside while praying for those at the battlefront.
"The armed forces are doing enough to give them education up to university level, so the parents should take advantage of that and key into it."
"We should keep their sacrifice alive, what they died for should not die in our hands and we should continue to put in our best to make sure this country remains one because that is the main aim of our coming together."
In a related development, the Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command of the Nigeria Navy, Rear Admiral, Oladele Daji has called for sober reflection for the nation's fallen heroes.
Rear Admiral Daji said this today at the parade and laying of wreath ceremony to commemorate the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos.
Rear Admiral Daji said the contributions of the heroes past towards the unity of Nigeria cannot be easily forgotten.
Meanwhile, Air Vice Marshall of the Nigeria Air Force, Cosmas Chiebonam Ozougwu said the Armed Forces Remembrance Day is a memorable day set aside to celebrate Nigerian fallen heroes.
He said as a member of the Armed Forces, a lot of service and sacrifice is expected from the personnel.
Ozougwu told correspondent Ijeoma Esek that the Air Force will continue to give the families of officers who lost their lives a sense of belonging and ensure the nation remains united.
"The highest sacrifice anybody can make is to give his life for anything so if you give your life for your nation it means you have given the final for that nation."
"It is always good for us to always remember our fallen heroes and to also give their dependents that sense of belonging that though the heads of their families are gone, we still remember them, we still see them as part of us", said the Air Force Chief.