The Rivers State Governor, Barrister 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.
The governor who was speaking during the 2017 Emblem Appeal Launch marking the 2017 Armed Forces and Remembrance Day Celebration in Port Harcourt on Friday, Governor Wike said that the families of slain servicemen and legionnaires deserved all the support they could get from the people.
“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,” Governor Wike stated.
He said that Nigeria was still united because the military personnel fought for the country and implored Nigerians to donate generously to the Emblem Appeal Launch.
Governor Wike announced a donation of N10million on behalf of the Rivers State Government; the 23 Local Government Areas in the state donated N11.5m; Commissioners, N1.5m; Special Advisers to the Rivers State Governor, N1m.
In his speech during the launch, the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Hon. Kenneth Kobani explained that the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration was necessary to provide the needed support for those who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the country.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Rivers State, Col. Wilberforce Josiah (Rtd) lauded Governor Wike for his support for legionnaires and their families.