Masari, Wike, Ya­haya seek sup­port for mil­i­tary

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Gover­nors Aminu Masari (Katsina), Inuwa Ya­haya (Gombe) and Nye­som Wike (Rivers) in­sist the mil­i­tary needed more sup­port in the fight against in­sur­gency in the North-east.

The trio, who spoke dur­ing the 2020 Armed Forces Re­mem­brance Day in their states on Wed­nes­day, lamented the loss of lives in the re­gion due to the ac­tiv­i­ties of Boko Haram.

ex-house of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Speaker Masari said at Natsinta Bar­racks, Katsina, said his gov­ern­ment would con­tinue to sup­port the armed forces and other se­cu­rity agen­cies in­volved in the fight against in­sur­gency in the North-east.

Mean­while, many of res­i­dents of Natsinta com­mu­nity throng the venue for the Armed Forces Re­mem­brance Day for free med­i­cal ser­vices pro­vided by the Nige­rian Army.

Ya­haya, who spoke at Pan­tami Sta­dium, praised the mil­i­tary for the sac­ri­fices they had made for the coun­try.

The gov­er­nor said, “The Nige­rian Army has been do­ing its best but we are still hav­ing those chal­lenges. How­ever, if we give them sup­port we shall over­come in­sur­gency; it is not im­pos­si­ble.”

He promised to sup­port the fam­i­lies of fallen he­roes and those still in service.

Ya­haya said, “These men fought gal­lantly and some of them lost their lives. We need to show sol­i­dar­ity and show sup­port for the fam­i­lies they left be­hind; that is the spirit of this event and I be­lieve it is good for ev­ery­body.”

The gov­er­nor, his deputy and other gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials laid wreaths in hon­our of fallen sol­diers.

Wike, who laid a wreath in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Armed Forces Re­mem­brance Day at the Isaac Boro Park in Port Har­court, said Nige­ri­ans must unite and mo­ti­vate the mil­i­tary to de­feat the in­sur­gents in the

North-east.

He said, “The war on ter­ror in the North-east has raged for too long, claim­ing too many mil­i­tary and civil­ian vic­tims. We must come to­gether as a na­tion to do what­ever that is nec­es­sary to sup­port and mo­ti­vate our sol­diers to win this ter­ri­ble war as quickly as pos­si­ble and save the na­tion and our brothers, sis­ters and the chil­dren from the North­east from the con­tin­ued vi­o­lence, ab­duc­tions, and dev­as­ta­tion by Boko Haram and their af­fil­i­ates.

“Apart from sup­port­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of a trust fund, I have di­rected the Sec­re­tary to the State Gov­ern­ment to work out ar­eas of sup­port for the state chap­ter of the Nige­rian Le­gion and the fam­i­lies of sol­diers of River State ori­gin who paid the ul­ti­mate price in the ac­tive service of our coun­try.

“In ad­di­tion, the state gov­ern­ment will pro­vide schol­ar­ships for their chil­dren up to univer­sity level. N100m has been com­mit­ted to the schol­ar­ship (scheme) for the chil­dren of the fallen he­roes by the Rivers State Gov­ern­ment. “

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