Boko Haram: Group seeks support for soldiers in North East
Amidst killings of Nigerian soldiers deployed to the troubled North East States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe due to Boko Haram insurgency, Nigerians have been urged to offer encouragement in any form to the soldiers in their quest to restore peace and hope to the troubled region.
A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), Put Nigeria First (PNF), said Nigerian soldiers deserve more support than they are currently getting from Nigerians.
According to its National Coordinator, Mrs. Ijeoma Nwafor, Nigerians should be more appreciative of the sacrifices by the soldiers in the service of the nation.
Besides, she regretted that rather than being appreciated for their sacrifices, the soldiers are being subjected to unfair criticisms and accusations of human right abuses.
She noted: “The soldiers deserve better welfare packages from the government and better treatment from Nigerians, for them to be better motivated in their chosen national assignment, she noted.”
Towards this end, she said that the group is poised to launch a massive nationwide campaign tagged Support Our Soldiers (SOS), to draw attention to the plight of soldiers and their families during times of conflict and the need for Nigerians to be convinced why the soldiers must be supported.
She also disclosed that Put Nigeria First is set to launch an appeal fund to support widows and orphans of Nigerian soldiers.
Nwafor added, “In most countries, the military is revered, cherished and appreciated by its citizens, because they are often the unsung heroes of every sovereignty. Nigeria should not be different. In this war against insurgency, they are the ones that are paying the ultimate price to see that Nigeria is safer.”
Nwafor added, “These soldiers have put Nigeria first before their own lives. They go without support and sometimes unnoticed by those of us who are benefitting directly or indirectly from their efforts.
“Our men and women in uniform are faced with real challenges. They leave their families for months at a time; go into dangerous situations, some are injured, others lose their lives and a portion of them are even unaccounted for, all in a bid to put Nigeria first.
“We believe we ought to support our soldiers beyond what the government ministries and agencies do; they ought to know that the citizens are not only aware of them and their efforts, but are appreciative.”
Nwafor also noted that Nigerians should be thinking of proffering solutions to the intractable insurgency rocking the North East rather than playing the blame game.