By Ahmad Umar
Gombe (Nigeria) – The Nigerian Legion in Gombe state, northeast of the country realised 4.195 million Naira at the 2018 emblem appeal fund launched on Tuesday.
The highest donation of N3 million came from Gombe State government while the State Governor made a personal donation of N250, 000
Speaking at the occasion, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo, said the celebration was not only about remembering the fallen heroes and their dependents but the living as well as those who suffered various deprivation.
“Today is therefore a moment of sober reflection on the plight of the families left behind and it is disheartening that many of them cannot fend for themselves not to talk of paying their school fees”, he said.
He therefore called on the general public to use the opportunity to reciprocate the service rendered by the fallen compatriots.
He commended the Nigerian armed forces for decimating the boko haram insurgents.
Dankwambo called Nigerian legion, to fully mobilize its members as a reserved force to assist in checking the activities of criminals in the state.
The Chairman of the Legion, Gombe chapter, Ibrahim Madaki commended the State government and members of the public for their support.
Madaki disclosed that the amount realised in the 2017 emblem launch was spent judiciously adding that 40 widows of the fallen heroes were empowered with sewing machines .
He however requested for piece of land for the construction of befitting secretariat and allocation of slots to the holy pilgrimage for legionnaires
The Legion also requested a vehicle for the state chapter and motorcycle each to area council in the state for routine duties.
Africa Prime News reports that 15th January every year is marked as the Nigerian Armed Forces Remembrance Day in honour of those who laid down their lives to keep Nigeria one.