THE Fallen Heroes Project (FHP) and the National Association of Nigerian Traders, on Wednesday, in Abuja, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) targeted at rallying improved support for the armed forces as they battle insurgency.
It also aimed at ensuring that fallen heroes were not forgotten.
The agreement, which was in furtherance to the official launch of the armed forces remembrance emblem by the presidency on Tuesday, was signed by Kenneth Ibe-Kalu and Edozie Ugwu on behalf of both groups.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Ugwu said traders decided to give massive support to the armed forces by partnering with the Fallen Heroes Project in order to raise funds to take care of those who make sacrifices for the security of the country.
He disclosed that the leadership of the traders’ association targets selling the remembrance emblem to over 20, 000 traders in each of the major cities of the country.
Ugwu disclosed that national executive committee of the association had approved to undertake the initiative in order to boost welfare of the armed forces.
Earlier, the national coordinator of the Fallen Heroes Project, Ibe-Kalu, said the organisation targets selling the emblem to over five million Nigerians, against about 17, 000 who reportedly wore the emblem last year.
He insisted that all citizens should recognise the sacrifice being made by the armed forces in keeping the country united.
The coordinator noted that there was need for the citizens to appreciate that for them to enjoy their current freedom, a security official died at Sambisa forest.
He stated that the intensified campaign targeted at encouraging Nigerians to give back to the country and exercise their civic responsibility in supporting the armed forces.
He said, “Our effort does not mean that we are taking over the job of the armed forces, but government cannot solve all the problems.
“Our campaign is simply that everyone should give back to Nigeria. It is not that government has failed in its duties.”