By Florence Onuegbu, Lagos.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Sunday reiterated his administration’s commitment to giving needed support to members of the Nigerian Armed Forces, serving or retired, and the families of fallen heroes.
Sanwo-Olu gave the assurance at an Interdenominational Service held at the Chapel of Christ The Light, Alausa, to commemorate the 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
The governor, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr Tayo Ayinde, urged Nigerians and residents of the state to continue to offer prayers for the repose of the souls of the fallen heroes and the family members they left behind.
He also solicited support for the members of the Nigerian Legion and relatives of deceased military personnel.
According to him, no compensation, in kind or cash, can erase the pains of the death of the gallant military officers.
He said that the annual commemoration of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day was a testament of the unwavering support to the security personnel, among other welfare support to the officers.
The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Mr Anofiu Elegushi, said that the state government and Nigeria, as a whole, owed members of the Armed Forces invaluable gratitude.
“This is for their selfless services to ensure protection and security of the country from any internal or external threat,” he said.
Elegushi commended corporate organisations, especially private firms, which had embraced the call to lend hand of support to the families of the fallen heroes.
Earlier, at the interdenominational service, Venerable Francis Falako, who is a priest from the Lagos Mainland Anglican Diocese, urged Nigerians to forget the unpleasant situations of the past.
Falako said that God had already promised to do a new thing for Nigerians in the New Year.
He urged residents to be prepared to complement efforts of the state government, so as to enable her to continue to deliver on its promise of executing more developmental projects.