International Women’s Day: Army Officers’ Wives Demand Gender Equality

NAOWA Coordinator in Jaji, Appolonia Ezugwu, addresses wives of Army officers in Kaduna State on March 8, 2022.


As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to marks International Women’s Day, wives of military officers under the umbrella of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association(NAOWA) have lent their voices to the ongoing agitation for gender equality and inclusion of more women in governance with the aim of breaking all barriers and discrimination against women.

Speaking at a symposium organised to mark the International Women’s Day at the Infantry Corps Jaji Kaduna State, the convener of the event and coordinator, Nigerian Army officers Wives Association,  Jaji, Mrs Appolonia Ezugwu stressed that the call for Equality for women is not a competition against men but rather advocacy for a fair and just society.

On his part, the Commander Infantry Corps,  Major General Victor Ezugwu, encouraged men to place premium priority on women’s development so as to harness her numerous potentials for the collective good of the society.

In her remarks, the guest speaker, Major Esther Yakubu said that gender balancing will harness the inherent potentials in the women gender,  instead of limiting them at a certain level in the family and the society.

PHOTOS: NAOWA President Visits Theatre Command Operation Hadin Kai, Distributes Palliative To Widows


The President of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) Mrs Salamatu Faruk Yahaya was at the Headquarters Joint Task Force North East Operation HADIN KAI (JTF NE OPHK) to cheer officers and men, those wounded in action in the theatre as well as provide palliatives to the widows of military personnel in Maiduguri.

On arrival, the NAOWA President was treated to a grand reception and dinner organised by both Headquarters JTF OPHK and 7 Division at the Maimalari Cantonment Officers’ Mess. Mrs Salamatu Yahaya who was thrilled with a series of activities lined up at the reception said the efforts of all officers and men of OPHK deserves a standing ovation, accolades and appreciation for their selfless efforts and sacrifices in the fight against insurgency and for keeping the nation in one piece.

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Earlier in his remarks, the Theatre Commander OPHK, Major General CG Musa said it is a great pleasure and honour to have the presence of the wife of the Chief of Army Staff in the Theatre. He added that her coming is highly appreciated and it is an opportunity for officers and men of OPHK to register their immense appreciation to the COAS for his untiring commitment, efforts and concern for OPHK especially with the supply of the current hardwires in the theatre.

While delivering the opening address at the occasion, the General Officer Commanding 7 Division Major General Waidi Shaibu welcomed the National President and her entourage to the theatre and expressed delight over the rare privilege to host her in the theatre barely a few weeks after assuming command of the division.

In the same vein, the NAOWA President paid a courtesy visit to the Theatre Commander JTF OPHK Major General CG Musa at the Military Command and Control Centre, Maimalari Cantonment. She expressed delight over the warm reception accorded her and her entourage despite the short notice.

The NAOWA President said “NAOWA evolved as an all-female association that seeks to promote bonding and solidarity amongst wives of the military officers”, adding that ” NAOWA provides succour to the people in need in the Barracks and indeed to others in the larger society.

She also used the occasion to offer special prayers to all officers and men of the Nigerian Military involved in the fight against insurgency, sought God’s guidance and protection in all spheres of the various operations across the country and wish the military unparalleled success in all its operational activities against the enemies of the nation.

Also, during the visit, the President and her entourage took a tour to 7 Division medical services and hospital to visit the sick and wounded in action troops recuperating at the facility. While sympathising with them over their plight, she appreciated their sacrifices and prayed for their quick recovery. In a show of appreciation and encouragement, Mrs Salamatu gave them relief items.

The NAOWA President further proceeded to Maimalari Cantonment Officers’ Mess where she distributed palliative to 100 widows of personnel in Operation HADIN KAI. Before the distribution of the items, she consoled and encouraged them over their loss and urged them to keep hope alive as the association will continue to do its best in providing them with basic equipment for skills acquisition so as to assuage their living condition. She also called for special prayers which were offered for the repose of the souls of the departed fallen heroes.

Mrs Salamatu F Yahaya ended the visit with a tour of NAOWA Nursery and Primary School Maimalari Cantonment, where she inspected ongoing projects at the facility which include the NAOWA Secretariate and Wellness Centre, a block of three classrooms amongst others.

The series of activities were attended by the Theatre Commander, Deputy Theatre Commander, GOC, Wife of the Borno state governor ably represented, members of Borno state executive council, national and divisional members of NAOWA, formation and unit commanders, senior officers, troops of OPHK, members of the press and other invited guests.

NAOWA President Visits GOC 2 Division, Inaugurates Skill Acquisition Centre

The President Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) Mrs Salamatu Faruk Yahaya, paid a courtesy visit to the General Officer Commanding 2 Division Major General GU Chibuisi, the army said on December 23, 2021.
The President Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) Mrs Salamatu Faruk Yahaya, paid a courtesy visit to the General Officer Commanding 2 Division Major General GU Chibuisi, the army said on December 23, 2021.


The President, Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), Mrs. Salamatu Faruk Yahaya, has paid a courtesy visit to the General Officer Commanding 2 Division Major General GU Chibuisi at the Division’s headquarters in Ibadan Oyo State.

In her remarks, President NAOWA expressed her delight for the giant strides made by the GOC in creating a conducive environment for obtaining quality education and viable trade skills in the barracks.

She thanked the GOC for the division’s massive support and interventions to NAOWA 2 Division Chapter.

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Mrs. Salamatu F Yahaya also echoed to the GOC the NAOWA’s commitments of alleviating the needs of the less privileged in the barracks and larger society.

She informed the GOC about her strategies of standardizing and expanding existing NAOWA assets while improving the policy guidelines of managing the assets and creating a standard management system for effective service delivery.

The wife of the COAS also inaugurated a skill acquisition centre and a multipurpose hall as well as a renovated block of seven classrooms for the Division’s NAOWA Primary school at Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment.

While describing the projects, the NAOWA president said it was a testimony of the importance the association attached to the well-being of women and youths in the barracks.

The President Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) Mrs Salamatu Faruk Yahaya, paid a courtesy visit to the General Officer Commanding 2 Division Major General GU Chibuisi, the army said on December 23, 2021.
The President Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) Mrs Salamatu Faruk Yahaya, paid a courtesy visit to the General Officer Commanding 2 Division Major General GU Chibuisi, the army said on December 23, 2021.


Mrs. Salamatu F Yahaya said the Center would engineer the growth of families as they acquire skills to enhance their income and become self-reliant. She said that it would enhance the trade skills, knowledge, and capacity of NAOWA youths and other members in the cantonment.

She, therefore, encouraged that efforts should be made to ensure proper maintenance, the qualitative standard of learning, and equip all facilities with high-quality teaching aids.

She called on NAOWA members to rededicate themselves to providing necessary succour to barracks residents and supporting their husbands to give their best in service of the nation.

Mrs. Salamatu Faruk Yahaya appreciated the efforts of Major General Gold Chibuisi and the chairperson Mrs. Hyelasinda Chibuisi NAOWA 2 Division and members for the completion of the project.

Earlier, the NAOWA chairperson, 2 Division Mrs. Hyelasinda Chibuis, said that the centre would offer training on fashion and textile, shoes and bags making, cosmetology, hairstyle, barbing among others.

Also, during the visit, Mrs Salamatu F Yahaya carried out humanitarian visits to patients at 2 Division Medical Services and Hospital and also reached out to widows and orphans of the fallen heroes in Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment.

During his remarks, Major General Chibuisi described the visit as remarkable.

He attributed that the success of 2 Division’s efforts of alleviating the plight of the less privileged in the barracks lays with the successful execution of NAOWA laudable humanitarian activities.

General Chibuisi therefore, promised to continue giving his optimum support for 2 Division NAOWA to succeed.

Wife Of Chief Of Army Staff Seeks Prayers To End Boko Haram

Boko HaramWife of the Chief of Army Staff, Mrs Felly Minimah, has asked for the support and prayers of the wives of men and officers of the Nigerian Army against the menace of Boko Haram in Nigeria.

She made the call at Alamala Barracks in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, while donating relief and empowerment materials to the wives of officers who lost their lives in active service both in Nigeria and at international peace operations.

She asked them to continue to pray ceaselessly for define intervention towards an end to insurgency in the north east part of the country and elsewhere.

While also challenging them to be good mothers and strong pillars of support at the home front, the wife of the Chief of Army Staff reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association to the welfare of its members.

NAOWA President Seeks Settlement of Dead Soldiers’ Entitlements

naowa distributionThe Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), is appealing to Army authorities to pay the gratuities and other entitlements of dead soldiers to enable their families live a normal live.

The President of the association and wife of the Chief of Army Staff, Mrs Felly Minimah, made the call when he led other executive members of the association to make the donation of  food items to widows and wives of soldiers at the Ribadu Military Cantonment Kaduna, North West Nigeria.

Stressing the need for the payment of entitlements of deceased soldiers and officers, she noted that this would encourage the serving ones to be dedicated to their duties.

Mrs Minimah, however, commended the soldiers and officers of 1 Division for their efforts in tackling insurgency and other crimes within their areas of responsibility. She also prayed for the repose of those who lost their lives in the battle field.

Presenting the food items which include tubers of yam, bags of rice, sugar, cartons of beverages, among others, Mrs Minimah stated that the gesture was part of the cardinal objectives of NAOWA, to ameliorate the plights of wives of deceased soldiers and those still in service.

It was mixed feelings for the women as they gathered to receive food items from NAOWA, and also narrated the difficulties they were passing through since the exit of their bread winners. Some of them said that life has not been easy with them especially with the non-payment of their husbands’ gratuities, therefore calling on Army authorities to pay the entitlement of their dead husbands to enable them cater for their children and move on with life.

For the visibly touched Mrs Minimah, she promised to talk to the relevant authorities on the plight of these women.

In line with the spirit of charity and touching the lives of the less privileged in the barracks and environs, the  NAOWA President also announced that her administration would soon embark on the building of a model school at Kurudu in the Federal Capital Territory to meet the educational needs of military retirees and the civilian populace in the area.