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Economic hardship mustn’t affect service men’s welfare — Adeleke

Micheal Ofulue, Osogbo

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has insisted that the welfare of servicemen must be prioritised, irrespective of the economic situation in the country.

While launching the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance emblem in Osogbo, Adeleke noted that the economic crisis facing the nation should not warrant the neglect of military veterans.

The governor, in a statement by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, stressed the need for a review of national policy for the care of the veterans.

He said: “Service personnel, whether serving or retired, are a critical backbone of national existence. No sacrifice is nobler than one that involves loss of life or even permanent incapacitation. These brave men and women gave it all for our safety and protection.

“We, therefore, owe them eternal gratitude and appreciation. As a nation, we need to reappraise our national policy on veteran care. As much as we take care of the living, we must accord detailed care to the wounded, and those with permanent physical disability. We must devise a special care programme for the veterans to appreciate their sacrifice for the nation.

“In current world power diplomacy, a nation is as strong as its armed forces. Armed forces are well cared for to strengthen the capacity of the nation to protect and defend itself.

“Maintaining national territorial integrity is a sacred task undertaken by Nigerians of various backgrounds. Reciprocating their offering demands strong post-service care and attention.

“As much as we note the current national economic challenges, there are certain sectors that must not suffer neglect such as the military veterans. In other climes, they are rightly treated as the apple of the eye of the government. That sector is about life and death.

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