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March 22, 2024

7 Div NAOWA supports families of slain troops in Borno

7 Div NAOWA supports families of slain troops in Borno

By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri

The 7 Division chapter of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA), Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri, Borno state capital has supported 40 families of soldiers killed in the counter-insurgency perpetrated by Boko Haram and ISWAP members in the North East region.

The gesture is to cushion the hardship they faced as a result of the food and economic crisis the nation is facing and to also mark the commemoration of the International Women’s Day 2024 celebration.

Each of the 40 widows were presented with 1 bag of 25kg rice, 1 cartoon of spaghetti, and 5 litres of cooking/vegetable oil.

Speaking in an interview with journalists shortly after presenting the food items to the family of the slain soldiers at the NAOWA Secretariat, Maiduguri on Friday, the Chairperson of NAOWA, Hajiya Aisha Haruna said “The gesture is to put a smile on the faces of the families of our troops killed as a result of the fight against Boko Haram as we celebrate International Women’s Day.

“To this end, each of the 40 widows was presented with 1 bag of 25kg rice, 1 cartoon of spaghetti, and 5 litre of cooking oil.

” The event which is part of activities to mark International Women’s Day is also to show to the families of slain soldiers that we are still with them and to appreciate the sacrifices their husbands made to keep our nation in peace,” Mrs Haruna said.

She said that International Women’s Day is a unique day where the world stands still to recognize, appreciate, and sing the songs of praise in a dynamic movement in respect of all women for their quest for global unity and peaceful coexistence.

In addition, she noted that the Day was also set aside to address the gender gaps towards creating an enabling society where women have equal opportunities and platforms to participate in all aspects of human endeavor.

Mrs Haruna also said, “As part of activities lined up to celebrate the occasion, the NAOWA had visited the sick and wounded troops at the 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital, where it commiserated with the injured ones and prayed for their quick recovery.

“We also remembered the families of those who paid the supreme sacrifices by reaching out to their widows in Maimalari Cantonment and those under this Division.”

She commended the President of NAOWA, Mrs Mariya Abiodun Lagbaja for her leadership capabilities and drive in piloting the affairs of the Association.