Nigeria’s Armed Forces and Remembrance Day 2024: National Assembly Pledges Support for Fallen Heroes’ Families

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The National Assembly has vowed to intensify support for their families during the commemoration of the 2024 Armed Forces and Remembrance Day. This pledge, articulated by the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, underscores the government’s determination to stand by the grieving families and address their welfare concerns

Speaking to State House correspondents after a wreath-laying ceremony, President of the Senate Godswill Akpabio emphasized the government’s solidarity with the families of fallen heroes. He reassured that the National Assembly would not allow them to mourn alone and pledged to implement measures to improve their welfare, aiming to alleviate the challenges faced by the families.

Akpabio stated, “The presence of all of us is also a major significance that yes, indeed, the government of the day would never let them mourn alone.” He reiterated the National Assembly’s commitment to provide continuous support, ensuring that the sacrifices of the fallen heroes are duly recognized.

Echoing Akpabio’s sentiments, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, affirmed the collective commitment of the National Assembly to stand with the families of the fallen heroes. Abbas emphasized the nobility of their cause and pledged unwavering support. “We will do everything humanly possible to improve the welfare of the families of the fallen heroes and the active men and women in the field,” he added.

Minister of Defence, Abubakar Badaru, expressed gratitude to President Bola Tinubu for consistent support to the families of the fallen heroes. He acknowledged the President’s unwavering commitment and pledged to do the utmost to care for the families, recognizing the significance of their sacrifices.

Mrs. Veronica Aluko, the National President of the Military Widows Association (MiWA), emphasized the day’s significance in refreshing the mourning for widows. She called for increased government and societal support, underlining the association’s efforts to generate revenue through partnerships for selling small items, aiming to provide livelihoods for widows and support their children’s education.

Retired Major General Abdulmalik Jibrin, Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, stressed the importance of honoring the supreme sacrifice of deceased Armed Forces members. He appealed for sustained financial support for the Nigerian Legion to carry out its responsibilities effectively, particularly emphasizing the need for increased pensions to correspond with the rise in the salaries of serving members.

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