The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has urged Nigerians to unite and motivate the Nigerian Armed Forces to defeat Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East.
Wike made the call during the Wreath Laying Ceremony in Commemoration of 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration, at the Isaac Boro Park, Port Harcourt and was contained in a statement signed and sent to reporters by his Media Aide, Simeon Nwakaudu.
The governor also announced that the State Government has committed the sum of N 100 Million for the scholarship programme dedicated to the children of the fallen heroes.
He said: “The war on terror in the North-East has raged for too long, claiming too many military and civilian victims. We must come together as a nation to do whatever is necessary to support and motivate our soldiers to win this terrible war as quickly as possible and save the nation and our brothers, sisters and the children from the North-East from the continuing violence, abductions, and devastation by Boko haram and their affiliates.
“Apart from supporting the establishment of a trust fund, I have directed the Secretary to the State Government to work out areas of support to the State Chapter of the Nigerian Legion and the families of soldiers of River State origin who pays the ultimate price in the active service of our country. In addition, the State Government will provide scholarships for their children up to university level.
“N100 million has been committed to the scholarship of the children of the fallen heroes by the Rivers State Government. We will also construct a Secretariat for the Legion, but not at Isaac Boro Park. We will develop the park into a Tourist Centre.”
Wike said that the nation remembers the members of the Armed Forces for their contributions to the unity of the country.
He said: “As a state we cannot thank you enough and, as a people we will forever venerate you and your families for your valiant services and sacrifice for us all.
“Yes, we are here for the customary remembrance rituals, but for us, this cannot be enough. The greatest honour we can give in return for your service and sacrifice is for us to continue to work together for national peace, unity cohesion. That is what the military signifies, which essence and ideals are what we must rededicate ourselves to advance for the progress of our country.”