Nigeria’s first lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, has appealed to the Nigerian Army authorities to ensure the prompt payment of entitlements to families of deceased soldiers who lost their lives in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeast, saying the prompt payment of entitlements to family of deceased soldiers would cushion the effects of the loss of their beloved ones.
The President’s wife made the appeal when she visited the 44 Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna to see soldiers on admission who sustained various degrees of injuries in the battle field and are receiving treatment on Wednesday.
She commended the wounded soldiers for their gallantry in the protection of the nation’s territorial integrity, especially in ensuring that peace was restored in the troubled North-east and assured them that their efforts in keeping the country united would not be in vain, while also commiserating with the soldiers, she encouraged them and prayed that God would grant them speedy recovery.
The first lady was accompanied by the President of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA), Mrs. Umma Buratai and wives of other top military officers, they visited all the wards where the wounded soldiers were admitted, and also offered gifts to patients, pregnant and nursing women in the Accident/Emergency and Obstetrics/Gynecology Wards.
“I want to urge the Nigerian Army to hasten in paying the benefits of the deceased soldiers as a way of providing succor to their families. I pray God to bless the families they left behind,” she said.
Aisha Buhari observed that from what she saw after visiting the various wards where the wounded soldiers are on admission, they were being well taken care of by the government, which she said was quite commendable, and commended the staff and management of the hospital for giving the soldiers the needed care.
“I learnt that some of them are being taken to India and other countries for proper treatment. I thank you for being there for the country,” she said.
The first lady said the country was winning the war against insurgency, adding that the menace would soon come to an end. The president’s wife also pointed out that peace had started returning to the region and declared that government was on top of the situation.
Reports say journalists were allowed into the wards where the wounded soldiers were receiving treatment, so it could not be ascertained their health condition and how many of the wounded soldiers were on admission.