First Lady to Army Chief: Pay late soldiers’ entitlements


First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has appealed to the Federal Government to pay, promptly, the entitlements of fallen soldiers to their families. She made the call at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna on Wednesday, where soldiers who sustained injuries while fighting insurgents were being treated.

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“The families of the gallant soldiers who lost their lives in the course of fighting insurgency in the North-East must be promptly paid because they are national heroes,” she said. She added that the regular payment of such entitlements had become necessary, as the families left behind would need basic things for their upkeep.

“I am appealing to the Chief of Army Staff to ensure such payments; their families need such support for the school fees of children. I pray God to bless the families they left behind,” she said.

She commended the staff and management of the hospital for giving the soldiers the needed care. “I learned 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 noted.

She said the country was winning the war against insurgency, adding that the menace would soon come to an end. The President’s wife said that peace had started returning to the region, and declared that government was on top of the situation. Mrs. Buhari offered gifts to the patients, as well as pregnant and nursing women in the Accident/ Emergency and Obstetrics/Gynaecology wards.