By Chuks Oyema-Aziken
The Unity Advocacy Group has once again emphasized with the Armed Forces of Nigeria over thousands of Soldiers and their counterparts in other sister security agencies maimed and incapacitated in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency over the years.
UAG through their their Convener, Ifeanyi Aigbedion, said the recent visit by the Senate President, Ahmed Ibrahim Lawal and some senators to wounded in action soldiers in 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital (44NARH), Kaduna is a confirmation of the immense sacrifice of the security agencies for the sake of the country.
At the 44NARH, the Acting Chief Medical Director (CMD), Colonel Stephen Onuchukwu, told the senators that the facility has successfully treated more than 7,000 wounded personnel.
Colonel Stephen said the wounded in action officers and soldiers were those brought to the Hospital since the counter insurgency operations began years back.
The Senate president said, “As a country, we are supposed to provide more resources to cater for the needs of such wounded in action officers and men. I want to commend the Nigerian Armed Forces for putting so much effort to tackle all the security threats across the country. We appreciate them for remaining loyal to the commander-in-chief and the constitution.”
“They deserve all support from the government and all citizens of the country. To do otherwise is being unfair to the arms forces. Therefore we have to give them what they require though we may not be able to give them all they want.”
Speaking on the visit, UAG urged Nigerians to continue to support the AFN in their determination to restore peace in the country.
“The recent visit confirms UAG’s earlier plea for Nigerians to continue to support our military personnel. They have continued to make immense sacrifice for our country.
“The maimed and incapacitated personnel have families and other dependents. We must stand with our courageous military personnel at this time in the history of our country.”