The governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Thursday said the Nigerian society must device means to reward and support war veterans that had kept the nation together, always and not annually.
The governor while launching the emblem to commemorate 2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the banquet hall of the Government House, stated that veterans should not be made to regret serving their fatherland.
He noted that the least that Nigerians and government can do is to keep the memory of these soldiers alive, supporting those that are active and taking adequate care of the families of the departed.
Aregbesola averred that the emblem being launched is a reminder of their service and sacrifice hence an obligation on Nigerians to support them.
He enjoined 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.
The governor said, “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 device 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.