Ex-soldiers should not beg for their entitlements: Sani Bello
Posted by News Express | 14 January 2017 | 2,370 times
Governor Sani Bello.
Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has expressed displeasure over the way and manner soldiers who fought for the peace, unity and progress of the country are neglected.
He made a passionate plea on behalf of ex-soldiers during the 2017 Official Launch/Sale of Poppy to mark the Armed Forces Remembrance Appeal Week, held on Saturday at the Government House Minna.
The governor, who was visibly emotional about the nature of neglect of our fallen heroes and their dependants, said the trend must stop, adding that government must institute measures to take care of the fallen soldiers.
He said: “We should take care of our soldiers both the ones in service and retired. There shouldn’t be any reason why the officers have to beg for their entitlements. There is no reason why after serving the country for 35 years, risking one’s lives and when retired, one’s rightful entitlements becomes an issue.
“Worst hit are the families of our fallen heroes. We should not continue to allow them suffer double jeopardy. They lost their loved one, bread winner and father to the service of their father land, we must not allow the widows and children of these fallen heroes to suffer any further. We all should rally round and support them.”
While announcing a cash donation of N6 million on behalf of the state government and a personal donation of N250,000, Gov. Sani Bello appealed directed all local government councils in the state to support the legionnaires.
Earlier, the State Chairman of the Nigeria Legion, Warrant Officer Abubakar Musa Kutigi, stated that the annual event is to pay tribute to all the heroes who paid the ultimate price of death in various wars, including the fight against insurgents, for the continuous unity and stability of our fatherland.
He appealed to individuals, philanthropists as well as corporate and religious organisations to assist the legionnaires and their dependants so that the sweat of our heroes past may never be in vain.
He thanked the Governor for fulfilling his pledges and contributing to the success of this year’s event, and also called on others to follow suit.
Warrant Officer Abubakar Musa disclosed that Legion in the state has empowered thirty widows and orphans and supplied them with sewing, grinding machines and other trade items in other to alleviate their suffering.
He said plans have been concluded to send more orphans to various workshops for training and skills acquisition in other to make them self reliant and self employed.
Highlight of the occasion was the decoration of the Governor with the Emblem to officially launch the week long activities and sale of Poppy.
Over N13.9 million was realised at the launch. January 15 of every year is set aside to remember and celebrate the dead and living heroes as well as those who suffer deprivations as a result of wars.