Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Minister of Works and Housing has called on Nigerians to support armed forces in the country and remember those who died defending the country, and work together with the government to promote peace and security in the country.
He said that doing so would mean that the sacrifices of the fallen heroes had not been in vain.
Fashola, speaking at the ministry’s headquarters where he was honored with the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem, explained that promoting peace did not necessarily imply the absence of conflicts and disagreement, but rather the resolution of those conflicts before they devolved.
“As human beings with our diversity, we may have many conflicts and disagreements, but those disagreements must not escalate into violence or clashes.” Those conflicts must be resolved before the end of the day, and this is a job that everyone is responsible for, not just those in government, but all Nigerians, he said.
He stated that if all Nigerians chose to live together, conflict resolution would be a simple task.
“And the less conflict we have, the fewer people who will have to lay down their lives to end such conflicts, and the fewer widows and widowers and orphaned children we will have; and the more that happens on a daily basis, the better our country will be,” he added.
The minister urged all Nigerians, both at home and abroad, to support the cause of Armed Forces Remembrance Day, and praised President Muhammadu Buhari for always leading from the front and prioritizing the care of those left behind by the nation’s fallen heroes.
“Nothing is too much to support the cause that keeps veterans and their dependents going,” the minister explained.
Welcoming the delegation of the Nigerian Legion led by its Chairman, Maj. Gen. Abdulmalik Jibril (rtd. ), Fashola stated that the occasion was not only about the military but also about the affairs of those who laid down their lives and those who bear the burden of sacrifice.
“In this case, it is the widows who, despite her grief, continue to support and propagate the values of military service,” he emphasized.
The minister, who described the “Season of Remembrance” as very important, stated that it is a very important season to remind everyone that Nigeria’s story would have been different if it had not been for the service of some people and their ultimate sacrifice.
“It’s the least we can do to keep those people’s memories alive,” he said. To ensure that their sacrifices are not in vain, we must continue to work hard to achieve the goal for which they gave their lives.”
Earlier, Jibril stated in his opening remarks that the purpose of the visit was to seek assistance from well-meaning Nigerians for the country’s veterans of various conflicts around the world and in Nigeria, as well as their dependents.
Jibil stated that Buhari launched the emblem on October 21, 2021, and that the president directed that the legion go around to well-meaning Nigerians throughout the country to support the course by launching it.
On the occasion, the chairman of the legion was accompanied by the general secretary and other top members of the Legion, while the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Babangida Hussaini, directors, special advisers, and other top ministry officials were present