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Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Military Assures Of Support For Fallen Heroes’ Families

"Be rest assured that the Armed Forces will never forget the sacrifices of our fallen heroes.”


 

The Nigerian Armed Forces have assured families of fallen heroes that the sacrifices of their husbands will not be forgotten as they died whilst in active service.

The Chief of Defence, Military Relations Rear Admiral Ibrahim Dewu, gave the assurance on Thursday at an event to share palliatives to widows of deceased soldiers. The ceremony was part of activities to mark the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

“We stand by you and are ready to offer support whenever needed. It is a commitment that no family is left alone in the face of adversity,” he told the gathering at the 29 Battalion parade ground of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt, Rivers State

“Be rest assured that the Armed Forces will never forget the sacrifices of our fallen heroes.”

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‘Ultimate Sacrifice’

Chief of Defence , Military Relation Rear Admiral Dewu
Chief of Defence, Military Relations Rear Admiral Dewu

 

Rear Admiral Dewu noted that the distribution of items to the widows was to acknowledge the sacrifices of their late husbands and provide them succour.

“It is a tangible expression of the Armed Forces commitment to provide support and solace to the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the course of service to our fatherland,” he added.

Dewu stressed that the palliatives were a symbol of the Armed Forces’ collective gratitude and solidarity to the fallen heroes and their families.

“The Defence Headquarters, Police Officers Wives Association will continue to address the needs of our courageous wives within the military family,” the Rear Admiral told them.

‘Strong In Face of Adversity’

Mrs  Oghogho Musa DEPOWA President Speaking at the event
DEPOWA President Mrs Oghogho Musa speaking at the event.

 

At the event, the President of Defence and Police Officers’ Wives Association (DEPOWA) Oghogho Musa commended the widows for their remarkable resilience since the demise of their spouses.

“The women (widows) have shown us what it means to be strong, resilient and accommodating in the face of adversity,” the guest of honour at the ceremony said. “They have inspired us to continue the legacies of their husbands to carry on the mission of keeping Nigeria safe and united.”

Mrs. Musa said the Defence Headquarters in conjunction with the Defence and Police Officers’ Wives Association has deemed it most appropriate to remember their fallen heroes and give support to their spouses.

“We will always make sure you are supported and do not feel the vacuum created by your loved ones,” she assured. “Be rest assured that the Armed Forces will never forget their sacrifices, we are committed to strengthening the welfare of our fallen heroes.”

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A Call For More

Mrs. Lasisi speaking on behalf of Widows of the Defence and Police Officers Wives Association
Mrs. Lasisi speaking on behalf of Widows of the Defence and Police Officers Wives Association

 

Excited by the move, one of the widows Folake Lasisi on behalf of DEPOWA, commended the Armed Forces for their benevolence towards them and implored them to do more.

She said: “There are some things that are so dear to us. We want to feel that we are still in your midst even though our husbands are no longer there. And because of that, there are some things that are necessary to do especially for our children. Some of the children that are not getting educational support and sponsorship, we want you to look into it”.

“We thank you most sincerely; when you give, there is a tendency to ask for more because it is the remembrance of our fallen heroes, there are some points we want to make that are very cogent to us and we want you to help us take our message back home to the mother of the nation and the Armed Forces,” she added.

Unpaid Entitlements

In what could be described as a cry for help, she appealed to First Lady Oluremi Tinubu and the Armed Forces to come to the aid of families of victims of the Hercules C130 plane crash that crashed on December 26, 1992.

“I am standing here on behalf of the widows of Hercules C130 26th December 1992, plane crash. We, the women, have not been given their entitlement after 31 years,” Mrs Lasisi said while conveying her strong appeal.

“I call on the First Lady and the Armed Forces to review it and do something because some of our members have died. Some of the children have died. Please, take our message back home to the mother of the nation so that the nation and military will attend to our matter.”