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Army, NAF, Borno donate N12.32 million to wounded troops, widows

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Army, NAF, Borno donate N12.32 million to wounded troops, widows

By Tada JUTHA, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army, Air Force (NAF) and Borno State Government; have donated N12.32 million to wounded troops and widows to celebrate Christmas and the New year,

Announcing the donations at a joint Christmas luncheon in Maiduguri, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Faruk Yahaya disclosed that 91 wounded troops and 50 widows are to benefit from the widows’ mite of Army, NAF and the state government.

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“As we mark this year’s celebration; I wish to express gratitude to God for his mercies, protection and guidance, while I acknowledge with immense appreciation and collaborative sacrifice to humanity and my dear country, Nigeria.”

He therefore implored the troops and widows to remain steadfast in tackling the myriads of security challenges across the country.

According to him, the troops should continue to work together, so as to actualize the mandate of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK).

He explained that the joint military operations are to restore peace in the Northeast region.

“This may be the last Christmas luncheon, as the counter-terrorism operations could end by 2022,” he said, noting that a lot of successes were recorded in recent times.

Besides, he added that the celebration provides an unique occasion for the two Service Chiefs to appreciate the sacrifices, loyalty and gallantry of troops in OPHK and other operations in the theatre of war.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao; also said that there should be synergy among the Armed Forces to end the war that claimed many lives and property.

He said the synergy on the part of the air component of operations was to provide aerial and surveillance support to the joint operations.

Yahaya reiterated that the massive delivery of heavy equipment in the theatre is a testimony of the President’s resolve to end the Boko Haram insurgency and all other insecurity threats to the nation.

He also warned the troops to remain apolitical, so as to ensure the sustenance of democracy in the country.

He added that the COVID-19 pandemic continued to be a threat to global health.

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The General therefore urged the troops to consistently observe the COVID-19 protocols, so as to halt further spread of the disease.

“We’ll fumigate and disinfect all Army barracks, cantonments and formations to support the Federal Government fight against the pandemic that has claimed 5.4 million lives across the globe.

Army, NAF, Borno donate N12.32 million to wounded troops, widows

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