Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has pledged the continuous support of the lawmakers to the welfare of officers and men of the armed forces, including family members left behind by the fallen heroes.
Dogara made the pledge on Tuesday in a statement to mark the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Abuja.
He said the National Assembly is ever ready to expeditiously pass any legislative measures proposed by the Executive towards improving the welfare and conditions of service of men of the armed forces, so as to boost their morale.
The Speaker also called for the establishment of special education fund for children of the fallen heroes, as part of measures to improve the welfare of men of the armed forces.
“Today, we remember our fallen heroes, brave men and women of our armed forces, who paid the supreme price by laying down their lives in defence of the unity and territorial integrity of our nation, for the promotion of global peace.
“We remember with honour, and pray for the repose of the souls of these courageous and patriotic unknown soldiers, urging them that their sacrifices will never be in vain.
“We pledge the continuous support of the House of Representatives and the National Assembly to the welfare of our armed forces.
“We in the National Assembly are ever ready to expeditiously pass any legislative measures proposed by the Executive towards improving the welfare and conditions of service of our armed forces so as to boost their morale,” Dogara said.
The Speaker, while thanking the fallen heroes for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the defence of the territorial integrity of Nigeria, however lamented that violence is threatening the unity and foundation of the country and its democracy.
He encouraged the armed forces and Nigerians to do everything possible to win the war against terrorism and other forms of violent extremism.