Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has urged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of peaceful coexistence to reduce burden on security operatives.
Governor El-Rufai noted that with peace among Nigerians, the work load on security operatives would be reduced.
He made the call on Sunday at the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration and Laying of Wreaths held at the Murtala Mohammed Square in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.
The governor, who observed that security operatives were making a lot of sacrifices for Nigeria, stressed the need for the citizens to ensure a peaceful society.
He assured the people of Kaduna State that as the Chief Security Officer of the state, he would carry out his responsibilities without fear or favour.
Governor El-Rufai said that the Remembrance Day celebration was a sad reminder of those who died for Nigeria, and also those who made selfless sacrifice for its people.
The Armed Forces Remembrance Day is an annual event to celebrate fallen heroes, as well as veterans who sacrificed their lives as they valiantly fought in and through the first and second world wars, the civil war, as well as peace support missions.
Prayers were offered for the soul of the departed heroes while Governor El-Rufai led dignitaries in the state to lay wreaths in honour of the fallen soldiers.
The high point of the event was the firing of 21 gun salute for the departed heroes and release of pigeons to signify peace.
The Nasarawa State Governor, Mr Tanko Al-makura, has promised to employ 100 members of the Nigerian Legion as security personnel in public places in the state.
He said this during the Armed Forces Remembrance Day emblem launch at the council chambers of the government house in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital.
He said that he believes that their expertise would help improve the security situation of the state.
The employment is in reaction to an appeal made by the Nigerian legion for assistance to cater for the wives of their colleagues who lost their lives whilst in service.
The Governor also promised to employ ten widows of fallen heroes into the state civil service to cater for their needs.
Aside this, He donated five million naira to the Legion and 100 bags of rice.
“I want to say that I have accepted that call and we are providing ten slots in the employ of Nasarawa state for the widows and children of the Nigerian Legion.
“So bring applications to the Ministry of Women Affairs, then we will see how to process it depending on the availability but definitely at whatever ranks we find the positions available, I assure you this year we are going to employ ten people among your widows or children”
“There are some members of the Nigerian Legion that are not gainfully employed and what you know best is security services.
“We will offer the Nigerian Legion a slot of 100 people for immediate employment as security personnel,” he said.
The Adamawa State Government has commenced activities for the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day and appeal week celebration.
Flagging off the week-long event, the Adamawa State Head of Service, Barrister Musa Kaibo, said the celebration is a remembrance of men and officers of the Armed Forces who sacrificed and paid the supreme price of peace keeping operations.
The Head of service highlighted some activities such as: emblem appeal launch, Christian and Muslim prayers, parade, novelty football match and a tug of war among others.
The media briefing had Journalists serving military officers and members of the Adamawa State chapter of the Nigerian Legion in attendance.