Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State yesterday called Nigerians to respond to the yearnings of officers and men of the armed forces, saying the families of the departed officers must not be left to suffer.
The governor made this call in an address he delivered at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration held at the Cenotaph site, Ayetoro, Osogbo, the state capital.
Aregbesola said: “Let me mention here again that the Federal Government needs to come up with an effective system that will ensure the successful rehabilitation and easeful reintegration of discharged members of the armed forces to civil society.
“Retirement from this area of service should not serve as the beginning of the erosion of the human dignity of these officers. In the same vein, since there are two sides to a coin, the discharged officers must, as well, make sure that their conducts in retirement do not undermine military honour and integrity.
“They must endeavor to put their specialised skills and training to the service of the society in meaningful ways.