Masari, Wike, Yahaya seek support for military
Governors Aminu Masari (Katsina), Inuwa Yahaya (Gombe) and Nyesom Wike (Rivers) insist the military needed more support in the fight against insurgency in the North-east.
The trio, who spoke during the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in their states on Wednesday, lamented the loss of lives in the region due to the activities of Boko Haram.
ex-house of Representatives Speaker Masari said at Natsinta Barracks, Katsina, said his government would continue to support the armed forces and other security agencies involved in the fight against insurgency in the North-east.
Meanwhile, many of residents of Natsinta community throng the venue for the Armed Forces Remembrance Day for free medical services provided by the Nigerian Army.
Yahaya, who spoke at Pantami Stadium, praised the military for the sacrifices they had made for the country.
The governor said, “The Nigerian Army has been doing its best but we are still having those challenges. However, if we give them support we shall overcome insurgency; it is not impossible.”
He promised to support the families of fallen heroes and those still in service.
Yahaya said, “These men fought gallantly and some of them lost their lives. We need to show solidarity and show support for the families they left behind; that is the spirit of this event and I believe it is good for everybody.”
The governor, his deputy and other government officials laid wreaths in honour of fallen soldiers.
Wike, who laid a wreath in commemoration of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the Isaac Boro Park in Port Harcourt, said Nigerians must unite and motivate the military to defeat the insurgents in the
He said, “The war on terror in the North-east has raged for too long, claiming too many military and civilian victims. We must come together as a nation to do whatever that is necessary to support and motivate our soldiers to win this terrible war as quickly as possible and save the nation and our brothers, sisters and the children from the Northeast from the continued violence, abductions, and devastation by Boko Haram and their affiliates.
“Apart from supporting the establishment of a trust fund, I have directed the Secretary to the State Government to work out areas of support for the state chapter of the Nigerian Legion and the families of soldiers of River State origin who paid the ultimate price in the active service of our country.
“In addition, the state government will provide scholarships for their children up to university level. N100m has been committed to the scholarship (scheme) for the children of the fallen heroes by the Rivers State Government. “