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NANS condoles Nigerian Army, tasks FG to institute honours for fallen heroes

By Mayowa Okekale, Abuja on 08/11/2016

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President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Aruna Kadiri, has  condoled the Nigerian Army over the untimely death of Lt. Col. Muhammad Abu Ali and others, who died in confrontation with suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

In a statement made available to News Express on Sunday, Aruna stated: “I would like to extend my deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Nigerian Army on the untimely death of Lt. Col. Muhammad Abu Ali and others, who died in confrontation with suspected Boko Haram terrorists.”

Recall that the terrorists attacked 119 Battalion, Nigerian Army location at Mallam Fatori on Friday, November 4, 2016 in a failed attempt to capture the town.

While also extending his deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of the fallen heroes, Aruna said: “NANS, the umbrella body of Nigerian students both home and abroad, stand with you and we will never put you down. Our compatriots died for what they believe in, for Nigeria, for us.

“To our forcefully departed Heroes, rest in peace. Your blood will bring freedom, permanent peace and your killers, the real criminals will face justice when time comes.

“We love you very much because you have committed and sacrificed your lives for the liberation of our oppressed and suffering brothers and sisters in the North-East whom you went to save and bring peace to them.

“We are extremely grateful for each and every one of the soldiers that died for this country as well as those that are still fighting.

“You are out there, fighting so that the rest of the country can live in peace and progress. NANS will not abandon you. We are standing with you.”

Aruna however, called on the Federal Government to make the welfare of Nigerian men and women in uniform a top priority, saying that "Nigerian officers are some of the finest in Africa and among the best in the world and, as such, must be accorded the respect they deserve".

He equally advised that the FG should institute special honours for the men in uniform, like Lt. Col. Muhammad Abu Ali, among others who lost their lives in active service, adding that “on no account must Nigeria abandon those who serve her loyally, and paid the supreme price. This honour is to ensure that their memories and service live with us and our Nation forever.”

He added: “On the families of our fallen heroes, especially the widows and children, as a means of showing gratitude for the sacrifice of their bread winner, I appeal to the federal government to take care of them until they can take care of themselves. Also, the welfare of retired soldiers must never be taken for granted.”

He concluded that NANS will continue to honour and appreciate those who stand strong in defence of our country and called on Nigerian soldiers, especially those on national assignment to eschew any behaviour that could tarnish their honour and dignity as commissioned officers.

•Photo shows Comrade Aruna Kadiri.

Source News Express

Posted 08/11/2016 10:08:24 AM


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