The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, has called on Nigerians to appreciate and support the gallantry and sacrifices of members of the Armed Forces.
Dan-Ali made the call while briefing newsmen on activities lined up for the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Abuja on Thursday.
“On our part, the Federal Government and the Ministry of Defence under my watch will continue to be proactive in attending to their welfare needs, “he said.
He said that the relative peace being enjoyed in the North-East was as a result of the sacrifices of men and women of the Armed forces.
“They have laboured day and night under very harsh conditions. Some have paid the supreme price, others have been permanently incapacitated, while others are missing in action,”he said.
The minister said the event would afford Nigerians and foreign nationals working in the country the opportunity to support the families of fallen heroes with donations and other welfare assistance.
“The ministry is assessing a proposal to make informed decisions that will enhance the welfare of our veterans,” he said.
He said that the Military Pension Board had continued to deliver on regular pensions for military retirees,”he said.
DanAli warned that the ministry would not tolerate sharp practices in pension administration process.
He said that the military health insurance scheme was extended to the retirees and their families.
“The health insurance scheme has continued to impact positively on the health status of our veterans and their families,”he said.
Activities lined up for the event include: launch of the Emblem by President Muhammadu Buhari on Oct. 25 at the National Cenotaph, religious services and laying of wreath .
It was reported that the day is celebrated globally to mark the end of the Second World on Nov. 11, 1945.