Armed Forces Day: Tears Flow Freely As Falling Hero's Wife Makes Demand
January 15, Tuesday, was a remarkable day in different Nigerian states, as the nation marked its Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
In Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, it had rained the previous night and the cool weather that followed made the Armed Forces Remembrance Day interesting.
Peace Park located opposite the State Government House, the venue of the commemoration, was
filled to capacity with guests.
The Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral Gbaribiogha John (Rtd), top government officials, dignitaries, retired soldiers and widows of fallen heroes were present to witness the historic event.
Spectators cheered and clapped, as the soldiers marched.
The atmosphere changed when the widow of a fallen soldier was handed a wreath.
She held it, shook her head and tears trickled down her cheeks. It was an emotional moment for Mrs Victoria Hussaini, wife of a fallen hero.
As she wept, widows of other fallen heroes also wept. At that moment, all the soldiers bowed in honour of their late colleagues.
Courageously, Mrs Hussaini walked up to the plague and gently, laid her wreath. She wept bitterly as she went to stand beside the new Commissioner of police, Mr Aminu Saleh.
Mr Saleh held her left hand and consoled her.
After the event, Mrs Hussaini told Bounce News that God had been her strength. She also narrated how tasking it was for her to raise her children alone.
"It is not a good day for some of us but, we will pull through.
"As a widow, my challenges include: No one by my side, no money and no confidant.
"The government tried but, we need more commitment from them to help us train and employ our children" she explained.
She, however, encouraged other widows not to give up on God and the society, even if they could not get the help they needed.
While addressing the soldiers, Mr Jonah, who represented the Governor, stated that it was a good thing to give honour to the past and present gallant soldiers.
"Some of you must have lost husbands, friends or relatives.
"Our message to the widows is that we care for them.
"It is our duty and we are doing that," he told the gathering.
He advised the soldiers to always maintain law, peace and
order wherever they found themselves.
"This is a trying period for our country as elections are coming and the country depends on you to stand as one.
He urged those that would be deployed for the election to show resilience and do the good work they were trained to do.
The symbolic release of pigeons which stands for the peace, unity and progress of Nigeria was observed followed by the 21 gun salute.
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