Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State, unveiled the emblem and appeal fund on Tuesday, ahead of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day commemoration on January 15, 2022.
During the appeal fund at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu also contributed N50 million to the state chapter of the Nigerian Legion.
Mr Gboyega Akosile, his Chief Press Secretary, confirmed this in a statement.
He said, “Every year, we set out to remember our fallen heroes, men and women that served the country, especially on the war front. Those that paid the supreme price while serving the nation and it is customary that on January 15, we remember them.
“But before then, we usually have an emblem launch which we use to remind ourselves that we are together with them in fellowship and we are together throughout this period to offer prayers, wish them the very best and offer some succour, especially to the families of the fallen heroes; the widows and the widowers.
“On behalf of the government and people of Lagos State, we would donate the sum of N50 million for the emblem. So you can see that we have done 10 fold of what we did the other time. That itself is a big lift for us. We will continue to support in other areas.”
Col Fola Akande (retd.) of the Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Legion praised Sanwo-Olu for his care for retired officers’ welfare.
“Mr Governor is indeed a worthy patriot of the Nigerian Legion and we urge the people and government to continue to support and identify with widows, children and families of the fallen heroes by donating generously, buying and wearing the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration emblem,” he said.
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