The sayings ‘no gain without pain’ and ‘every success accomplishes sacrifice’ best describe the victorious record of the Nigerian military against Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeast region of the country. Recently, about 100 soldiers, who sustained severe wounds, have been receiving treatment at the 44 Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna State.
This is following the injuries they sustained at the on field of battle against the terrorist.
Showing concern and generosity, executive members of the Defence and Police Officers’ Wives Association (DEPOWA) was led by the wife of the Chief of Defence Staff, Mrs Omobolanle Olonisakin on a visit to the hospital to donate relief materials to the victims.
The Corps Commander Medicals, Nigerian Army, Major-General Abimbola Amusu, said that some of the wounded soldiers lost their arms, legs and sight as a result of the severe injuries they sustained in the battle field.
She told reporters that some of the victims were responding to treatment, while those with critical cases would be flown abroad for further treatment.
It is more than one year since the soldiers lost some sensitive parts of their body and have been rendered incapacitated as a result of exchange of fire with terrorists in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
Mrs Omobolanle Olonisakin commended the recent successes by the military against Boko Haram terrorists which she said was hinged on their discipline, patriotism and professionalism.
Asides the donation of relief materials to the wounded soldiers, she also disclosed that the association offers vocational empowerment for widows of deceased soldiers through their skills acquisition programme which also offers soft loans for businesses startup.
As the DEPOWA officials wished the wounded soldiers quick recovery, a major complaint among the soldiers was the failure of the military authorities to pay them their allowances promptly to enable them attend to their needs.