By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja
Families of Nigerians who died while protecting the country from crises deserve the support of the citizenry, the National Coordinator of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Princess Gloria Akobundu, has said.
Akobundu, who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of African Union Development Agency (AUDA), said: “We must appreciate the sacrifices of Nigerian soldiers who fought tirelessly for the country to get to where we are now and remind ourselves about the families they left behind, who need our care and love.”
She spoke yesterday in Abuja while hosting a delegation from the Ministry of Defence, led by Mrs. Oyinye Okoro.
The delegation was in her office for the commemoration of this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
Princess Akobundu, who was decorated with the Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem by Mrs. Okoro, urged Nigerians to commit themselves to making this year’s celebration exceptional.
She urged Nigerians to come up with laudable innovations for improving the lives of family members of the departed compatriots and living heroes.
Mrs Okoro, who is the Deputy Director of Civilian Affairs Division and represented the Secretary of Emblem Sales and Production, Sunday Ajaga, explained that the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration is intended “to remember our wounded and falling heroes, who created fascinating records for our dear country”.
She added that President Muhammadu Buhari had advised all Nigerians, especially the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of government to remember the families of past and fallen heroes in prayers.