Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on Nigerians to make direct investments in the lives of legionnaires and the families of late servicemen who lost their lives defending the territorial integrity of the country.
Speaking during the 2017 Emblem Appeal Launch marking the 2017 Armed Forces and Remembrance Day Celebration in Port Harcourt on Friday, Governor Wike said the families of slain servicemen and legionnaires deserve all the support they can get from the people.
He said: “There is the need for us to give them the required support. We must take legionnaires and families of slain servicemen as important as we take ourselves.
“This is because they fought for this nation. They laid down their lives to ensure that we enjoy a peaceful nation”.
According to the governor, Nigeria is still united because the military personnel fought for the country.
He implored Nigerians to donate generously to the Emblem Appeal Launch.
Governor Wike announced a donation of N10million on behalf of the Rivers State Government , while the 23 Local Government Areas donated N11.5m, Commissioners donated N1.5m and Special Advisers to the Rivers State Governor donated N1m.
Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Hon Kenneth Kobani explained that the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration is necessary to provide the needed support for those who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the country.
Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Rivers State, Col Wilberforce Josiah (rtd) lauded Governor Wike for his support for legionnaires and their families.