On the Celebration of Nigerian Army Day, By Musbahu Magayaki
The Nigerian Army Day is an annual event held on every July 6 in honor of Nigerian gallant soldiers who dedicated their lives, more especially those who participated in the World War I and World War II as well as those who lost their lives during the Nigerian Civil War and other conflicts.
In fact, families of these bravest soldiers encountered so many challenges and untold hardships and sufferings due to nonchalant attitudes of government towards attending to their needs
As a result, families and widows of these gallant soldiers were thrown into misery and abject poverty due to non payment of their husbands’ entitlements that enable them to cater for their children’s school fees, medical and housing bills among others.
The wives and children of these bold individuals who tirelessly made significant sacrifices to their dear country and the World in general shouldn’t be left in this pitiable situations.
To that effect, I was told by Mrs. Williams who is a widow of a Nigerian Army officer, who died on a peacekeeping mission in 2016 in Somalia. She has been suffering since that time without any help either from the government or other stakeholders.
Her children, that are supposed to be enrolled in school or tertiary institution, are now roaming on the streets. What sort of injustice for these children whose fathers dedicated their lives for safeguarding our motherland?
In a nutshell, the Federal Government should look into these military widows untold plight condition in order to avail them out.
Meanwhile, their husbands died during the course of fight against terrorisms with massive success, thus giving them much care and concern throughout their lives.
Mallam Musbahu Magayaki
Writes from Sabon Fegi, Azare