The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has reiterated the pledge of the Nigerian Army to sponsor the education of children of army personnel who lost their lives during the counter-insurgency operations in the North East.
He made the pledge through the Chief of Administration of the Army, Adamu Abubakar, a Major General, during the presentation of the Group Life Assurance cheques to the next of kins of each of the bereaved families at the Army Headquarters Friday in Abuja.
Mr. Abubakar said the cheques were to provide succour to the bereaved families to cushion the economic impact caused by the loss of their bread winners.
He also said that aside from the cheques, the Nigerian Army would sponsor four children each of the bereaved families, from primary up to the tertiary level of education.
The families present at the occasion were full of gratitude to the army for showing commitment in alleviating their plight.
Friday’s event came about two months after the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, appealed to the Nigerian government to strive toward prompt payment of entitlements to the families of fallen soldiers.
Mrs. Buhari made the call at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna where soldiers who sustained injuries while fighting insurgents were being treated.
“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.
“I am appealing to the Chief Army Staff to ensure such payments,” she had said.