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Governors pay tribute to Nigerian Fallen Heroes

Governor Nasiru Elrufai of Kaduna State

Governor Nasiru Elrufai of Kaduna State says the biggest challenges of fighting banditry are informants living within the communities.

He stated this during parade and wreath laying for this year’s celebration of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Kaduna.

Malam Nasiru Elrufai emphasized the need for community and religious leaders to raised their advocacy for people to report any suspecious activities to security agencies for necessary action.

He expressed gratitude to the armed forces and the police for their sacrifice in the war against banditry.

Governor Elrufai maintained that, the level of insecurity the nation is facing especially in kaduna state was a great concerned, stressing that security agencies were doing their best to overcome the situation.

The governor described the Armed Forces Remembrance Day as important, because it enable Nigerians to remember the giant contribution of the fallen heroes and other pass leaders that dies in the defense of the nation.

According to Elrufai, Kaduna state government is working closely wit the Nigerian legionnaires and provide them with necessary support in the state.

The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State Dr Hadiza Balarabe, Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Yusuf Zailani, Government officials and other head of various security agencies as well as widows of fallen heroes laid wreaths in honour of the fallen heroes.


The Lagos State Government says it will continue to support both serving and retired members of the Nigerian Armed Forces in their mandate of ensuring both external and internal security of the nation.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu made this known an interview with newsmen shortly after dispensing with the usual ceremonies marking this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.

“As they continue to keep the territorial integrity of this Country safe and secure, we’ll continue to work with them in security formations, in intelligence and we’ll continue to ensure that Lagos remain safe, they’ve been a major component of our security architecture” He stated.

Governor Sanwo-Olu who had donated fifty million naira to the Nigerian Legion noted that over five thousand of them had been employed by the state government as security officers in public schools and government offices.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu carrying the wreath at this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.

He pointed out that his administration had also put measures in place to cater for the need of spouses of the fallen heroes through skill acquisition and empowerment.

Commandant of the Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Legion, retired Colonel Fola Akande solicited the support of the members of the public in providing employment for his members who have been retrained for service.

While wreaths were laid by the Governor and serving top Military personnel in the State in memory of the deceased heroes, prayers were also offered for the repose of their souls, the wellbeing of the families they left behind and for those still in active service.


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has called on the Federal Government to redouble its effort in the fight against insurgency, banditry and other social vices affecting the country.

Governor Wike who stated this at the years Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony in Port Harcourt, also called on the armed forces to end the raging insurgency, restore peace and hope to distressed citizens.

Governor Wike commended the armed forces for their selfless services in keeping the country safe and their contributions to international peacekeeping missions.

The Rivers State Governor donated the sum of fifty million naira to support wives of legionnaires in the state.


Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says his administration will ensure that the labour of nation’s fallen heroes is not in vain.

He stated this while laying the wreath to mark this year’s  Armed  Forces Remembrance Day celebrations held at the Government House Arcade, Agodi, Ibadan.

Governor Makinde promised to keep encouraging and working closely with members of the armed forces and the survivors of the fallen heroes and heroines.

Chairman Nigeria Legion,Oyo state chapter, Evangelist Julius Ogunkojo commended the state government for its contribution to support the legion.

The occasion witnessed special prayers for the departed heroes, observance of two minutes silence, firing of rounds volleys and release of ceremonial pigeons by Governor Seyi Makinde.

Rid our nation of criminals -Ganduje tells Armed Forces on Remembrance Day.


Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has called on the serving Nigerian Armed Forces to rise to the challenges of insecurity in the country and rid the nation of criminals.

He made the call while responding to questions from newsmen after laying the wreath at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day commemoration in Kano .

He gave assurance that the security operatives in Nigeria will take their responsibility diligently.

“The importance of this day is to remember those who fought the civil wars and also who fought the Nigerian civil war so as to keep Nigeria one. There is no doubt we are benefitting from what they did in the past and therefore it is worthwhile to remember them” Governor Ganduje noted.

Ganduje described the security challenges in the country as worrisome, and urged security personnel to work diligently in ensuring that security challenges were being curtailed.


Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has encouraged Nigerians to uphold national unity at all times to ensure that the labour of the nation’s past heroes will not be in vain.

Governor Abiodun made the call while speaking with newsmen after the special parade and laying of wreaths to mark this year Armed Forces Remembrance day celebration, held at Arcade ground, Oke Mosan Abeokuta.

Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun at the special parade and laying of wreaths to mark this year Armed Forces Remembrance day celebration, at Arcade ground, Oke Mosan Abeokuta.

The Governor said that the fallen heroes sacrificed their lives while protecting Nigeria’s territorial integrity.

He maintained that one major way to keep their memories alive was to ensure that the country remained indivisible. 

In a remark, the Ogun State Chairperson, Military Widows Association of Nigeria, Mrs Oluwakemi Alao urged the government to empower the widows of fallen heroes and provide jobs for their children.

Mrs Alao maintained that assisting the families of the fallen heroes with stable sources of income would help to alleviate their sufferings and enable them to also contribute to the process of nation building. 

Highlights of the occasion included the laying of wreaths and the release of white pigeons to symbolize peace.


Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki says people should not make unguarded statements to undermine the security and unity of the nation as people paid the supreme sacrifice to keep the country united.

He stated this after ceremonial laying of wreath at the cenotaph in honour of fallen heroes as part of activities to mark 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day held at Kings’ Square, Benin City.

The Governor noted that soldiers sacrificed their lives to keep Nigeria united.

Governor Obaseki said his administration was collaborating with President of wives of the fallen heroes to get their comprehensive database, to provide different empowerment opportunities for them.


From Benue, the Military formations in Benue State on Saturday joined their counterparts across the country to mark the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration at the IBB Square, Makurdi, Benue State.

Our correspondent Emmanuel Gwaza who witnessed the celebration reports that high points of the event were the laying of wreath and the need for improved welfare of families of the fallen heroes. 

Reporting by Omolara Omosanya/Aminu Dalhatu/Adebisi/Abdullahi Jalaluddeen/ Emmanuel Gwaza/Bolanle Adesida ; editing by Adeniyi Bakare