Osun Gov. Adeleke advocates for refurbishment of Nigeria’s security sector…Pledges to accede to the demands of the veterans.
Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke has advocated the need for the refurbishment of Nigeria’s security sector for an improved and effective service delivery.
Governor Adeleke made the call today at the grand finale of the year 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebrations held at the New Military Cenotaph, situated in front of the State House of Assembly, Osogbo, the State Capital.
Governor Adeleke who noted the many security challenges in the Country added that the situation calls for quick intervention of the Governments at all levels.
He also explained that government at all levels must come together to engender an improved service delivery of the personnel and unconditional care for the families of the dead and veteran members of the Armed Forces .
Governor Adeleke further reiterated that national leaders must reevaluate the nation’s finance options not just on Military hardware but in all forms.
At the occasion which had the retinue of who is who in Osun state including the service chiefs drawn from the army, air force, navy, police, civil defense among others ,the Osun helmsman also paid special tribute to the late veterans for their patriotic services to keep Nigeria one .
The governor emphasises ” Today which is the grand finale of an Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebrations is an opportunity to recap the laudable commitment to the men and women of the Armed Forces, living and the dead.
” Our gathering is in solemn tribute to the dead as well as living men and women who paid a supreme price for the existence of our nation as an indivisible entity.
” We salute our own heroes whose blood were shed for national defense”, he concluded.
Governor Adeleke therefore assured the veterans that his administration is ready to look into the catalogue of their demands, adding that, in due course, necessary actions will be taken to take care of their demands in the State.
Speaking with newsmen, the Chairman, Nigeria Legion, Osun State Chapter, Comrade Abioye Peter appreciated the present administration in Osun state for its support, morally and financially, stressing that he was very impressed with the turnout of people to grace this years’ event.
He used the opportunity to appeal to the state government to accede to their requests for the smooth running of the association in the State.
Governor Adeleke in a white flowing “agbada” with a cap to match later inspected the specially mounted guards of honour by members of a combined contingent of the Nigeria Armed Forces.
Earlier, there were intercessory prayers led by religious leaders followed by the laying of the symbolic wreaths at the grave of unknown soldiers at the military cenotaph in front of the state house of assembly complex, Osogbo ,venue of the grand finale.
To cap the well attended event up, a customary 21 gun salute in honour of the fallen soldiers accentuated the colourful but solemn gathering of the annual event which came to an end today.
Among notable dignitaries at the event were the state deputy governor,Prince Kola Adewusi, Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye, Osun State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo represented by Hon.Justice Olayinka Afolabi, Chief of Staff,Hon.Akinleye and the SSG and chairman of the planning committee of the event Hon.Teslim Igbalaye .
Traditional Rulers too numerous to mention were also at the occasion.
It would be recalled that there were series of events like the launching of an appeal fund emblem, Jumaat and church services differently lined up by osun state government to mark the annual occasion aimed at remembering and giving honour to the fallen heroes for their loyalty and patriotism while in the line of duty for Nigeria.