5 September 2014

Nigeria: Heroes of Boko Haram War

Nigeria is at war and there have continued to be fallen heroes on daily basis. It appears as if Nigeria easily forgets her heroes in the face of continuous casualties. Many of our gallant soldiers continue to lose their lives. Our heart goes to their families and comrades who they left behind. We hope that our government will begin to give these heroes a befitting honor. Fallen heroes should be buried like heroes who they are. Other countries do the same thing, no matter the rank of an American fallen hero, Barrack Obama, the president of United States of America with his wife, the defense secretary, and the veteran affairs secretary will be at the burial ground specially designated for falling soldiers, join others to give the last honor to the dead and show gratitude and compassion to the family which they left behind.

Mitchell Obama, the wife of the president of United States of America will have a one on one meeting to console the widow and children of the falling heroes; assuring them that America is grateful for the sacrifice of their bread winner and that America will forever be grateful to the family for their sacrifice and promise that America will take care of them until they can take care of themselves. She will assure them that their basic needs will be met and the secretaries of Veteran affairs, Defense, and every agent relevant to the case will be at hand to give details to the family of the plan to help the family.

Veteran affairs office is a ministry of its own headed by a secretary (minister) and it ought to be a ministry of its own in Nigeria too headed by a minister. The ministry is responsible for the affairs of retired soldiers, wounded soldiers and their families It is important to mention that the responsibilities of veteran affair's ministry should among others include welfare and care of wounded soldiers and their family as well as welfare of retired soldiers.

When any soldier, especially wounded soldiers returned from a battle and safely arrives on American soil at any point of entry, all the top government officials directly responsible for their welfare will be at hand to welcome them back like was the case of the dead or wounded soldiers mentioned earlier. On arrival the soldiers will be honored and appreciated.

The president of America together with all officials responsible for the care and welfare of the armed forces are on hand to welcome the heroes and assure them that everything will be done to ensure his or her full recovery and integration into the American society. Career chancellors will work with them to advice and lead them to a career when discharged. Some of them often pursue a University education free of charge to get to the top of their carrier even after a full military service. There is a special hospital for the veterans to provide quality health delivery for them and their family for life after service. These hospitals are specially equipped to cater for the wounded soldiers, ex-soldiers and their family.

TGIF strongly appeals to the federal Government to equip and upgrade the office of veteran affairs in this nation to do the same for our men and women in uniform after service like discussed above. Is it therefore a surprise to anyone that every American soldier is ready as a patriot to die for his or her country? TGIF opines that our government should begin this practice in earnest, such practices enumerated above, to boost the moral of our men and women in uniform and to keep hope alive to their family that if the bread winner should lose his/her life in a battle, they can continue to live descent life. This will surely boost the morale of our soldiers, and encourage their families to support their relation to remain in the armed forces and exit honorable to enjoy the reward of service. This will no doubt eliminate desertion from the Nigerian army as being experienced now. It will also remove the unnecessary responsibility from the administrators of serving officers of the armed forces who have to cater both for their retired, dead and the wounded and allow them to focus on their primary responsibility which is to defend the territorial integrity of this nation, and defeat terrorists and other enemies.

More than life in the army, Programs must carefully be developed to honor the members of the armed forces who excel in their performance and performed exceptionally in their call to duty. A situation where a combat ex-soldier begs to survive is unacceptable in any civilized society. In the state of the nation and based on the fact that it appears that the terrorists are claiming part of the country as Islamic state, flying their flag over such area, is it not time to call back generals and retired officer of the armed forces to active duty to save this nation? This will encourage the young soldiers to be more patriotic and take their job seriously; other countries use their reserves in like manner.

The President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan must realize that he is the commander -in -chief of the armed forces of this nation posterity will judge the way our country treat our heroes. A demoralized army cannot win a war. Thank God it's Friday.


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