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War Veterans Should Be Rewarded— Aregbesola

Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun Sate has said that war veterans should not be made to regret serving their fatherland but should be rewarded for their dedication at keeping the nation together.
Aregbesola stated this yesterday at the launching of the Emblem to commemorate year 2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the banquet hall of the Government House.
The governor noted that the least that Nigerians and government can do is to keep the memory of these soldiers alive by supporting those that are active and taking adequate care of the families of the departed.
He stated that there are diverse ways veterans can be engaged productively and maximally as most of them have acquired advanced skills in many vocations that could be deployed into nation building and development.
He said that the emblem being launched is a reminder of their service and sacrifice hence an obligation on Nigerians to support them.
He then appealed to all to encourage the effort by wearing the emblem with pride during the week of remembrance, saying President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians and visitors to wear the emblem throughout this week.
His words: “they must be well supported, they took up soldering as a divine call, or else they could have taken to other more lucrative and less tasking vocations. They should not be made to regret serving their fatherland in its defence.
“Our own society must devise means to specially reward and support our veterans. Their plight should not be an annual event, during the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration only.
“In other lands, stores give them special discounts; those returning to school have their tuition fees slashed while veterans are given free passes to gated events. In several instances, they enjoy free medical care and other social services.
“Those of them with combat experience can be re-programmed and put in a special police units needed to engage armed bandits and other violent criminals in our urban centres. They will be glad to resume their defence duties in civilian capacities.
“It is also important that we review our philosophy of soldering by having a productive citizen’s army. In a peacetime like this, a lot of our teeming but idle youths can be absorbed into the armed forces.
“Apart from giving them excellent professional training, they should also be given excellent vocational training and deployed for services where needed.”
Earlier in his address, the Deputy Commandant-General and Chairman Nigerian Legion Osun, Col. Alimi Samotu‎ explained that the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Appeal Week is a familiar event set aside by Nigeria to express concern and appreciation for the fallen heroes.
He commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for his fatherly assistance towards the plights of the legion since inception of his administration.

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