A Civil society organisation, Africa Arise For Change Network (AACN) has nominated the Defence Chiefs and other Service Chiefs for National Honours of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger [GCON].
AACN, during a Special Thank -You Christmas Rally To President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the group are in the Villa because they could not take off their eyes from the unique and excellent leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari and the performance of the Service Chiefs on security in the country.
The Executive Director of AACN, Chief (Mrs) Helen Onuh, said as the leader and political head of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, “we couldn’t wait any longer for yet another season like this Christmas and New Year to eclipse before coming to publicly show our gratitude and to say, a special thank you for the much you have done for us in uplifting this country, in the past two years.
“For Nigerians, today was like a day, we were never destined to see in peace and progress. I still recollect how special seasons like Christmas and New Year, worse of all, Sallah festivities that caged us indoors in practically all major cities of Northern Nigeria, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, because of wild, violent and unrestrained acts of terrorism. Ironically, we wept, instead of celebrations.
“The sounds of detonating bombs or explosions; the fear of attacks on shopping malls and motor parks; the phobia of freely worshipping in churches or mosques involuntarily kept us imprisoned in our mansions and shanties in several parts of the country.
“Your Excellency, whether in Northern and Southern Nigeria, hateful and vicious insurgencies, along with other acts of resentful terrorism reduced our humanity and caged us in the confines of our homes. Our children were neither safe in schools nor the marketplace. In taxis or buses, it was the same sad tales,” she said.