Boko Haram: Nigerian Senators To Adopt Families Of Dead Soldiers
"About five days ago, a camp in Maiduguri was attacked by Boko-Haram and we were reported to have lost about 44 soldiers.
"I want it bring it to the notice of the senate that Lieutenant Colonel Sakaba is my cousin and he was head of that team that was attacked and he lost his life. Unfortunately, he was one of the most dedicated soldiers I have ever met.
"Not because he is my relation but because I knew from his commitment on what he has gone through and his contribution to the Nigerian army."
Bala Na’Allah, the Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, said this while expressing his concern over the well being of the soldiers fighting Boko Haram insurgents on Thursday during plenary.
Meanwhile, the Senate Minority Leader, Abiodun Olujimi indicted the federal government for being too discreet with information concerning the soldiers.
She said, "There is something government is not telling us over the death of these soldiers. We must know what we are facing and the conditions for the people fighting for us.
"We should make sure this insurgency does not spread. Government must sit up. We cannot keep posing young men and women. I pray their families will be able to find succor.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu in his reaction, said serious measures must be taken to ensure that the loved ones of the soldiers are properly catered for.
"Somebody who commits himself and his life to die for others for others to live, not considering what will happen to his children or his wife and most times when they die no one cares about their loved ones. That is why the matter is very serious. I am not sure we are taking good care of our soldiers.
"They are just mere statistics. It may be happening Borno and they are there, that is why we are here because if they don’t stop them, they will invade us here. That is why people are still in Lagos or Enugu. Everybody should be of concern.
"We need to find out measures to protect them. Is any person paying them their allowance? Do they allow them go on holidays? God forbid I should keep quiet.
"It is a pity this is happening in our time."
The senate resolved that the committee on army pays condolence visit to family of deceased while asking the Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai to investigate the situation and ascertain what military measures to protect soldiers.
Senators were also asked to visit soldiers at the war fronts and every senator should adopt one family of the soldiers killed while also providing financial support to the family of the deceased.
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