As part of efforts to strengthen peace mission from civilians to ex-civil war veterans, and also find means of boosting better understanding among different faith organizations, to work together in addressing common issues, the federal government has been advised to promote a culture of peace building, trust and common values.
A team of Muslim and Christian scholars headed by Pastor Yohanna Buru, the General Overseer of Christ Evangelical & Intercessory Fellowship Ministry in Sabon Tasha, located in Kaduna south, disclosed this during a courtesy visit to the Association of Nigerian Civil War Veterans at Mando, Kaduna branch, to encourage them.
The team also commended the veterans for availing themselves, and also for sacrificing everything, including their lives, “for the unity of our dear country, Nigeria.”
Pastor Buru said, “You have contributed immensely to the development of our great country through various sacrifices and total devotion in protecting the integrity of one united nation, Nigeria,” and called on federal government to find ways of improving lives of ex-retired military men and some Vets that are in difficult situations, adding that most of them need assistance to make their lives better – like their counterparts in other parts of the world.
He reiterated that, “We cannot stop thanking you for all the roles you played in protecting our country and the people at large. We thank you so much for the battle to defend Nigeria at all costs; we thank you for the efforts you’ve done for your participation in various peace missions for the sake of protecting the integrity and the name of our dear country, Nigeria.”
According to the clerics, “This visitation is just to appreciate you for the marvelous contributions each and every one of you has done to our dear country, and, as you are preparing for the celebration of the annual ritual Commemoration of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration on 15th of January, 2017, may God help you in continuous praying and supporting for the unity of our dear nation; and please, keep the flag flying.”
Pastor Buru and all the Vets prayed for the departed souls among them, and also prayed that God will reward them with His Paradise.
Responding on behalf of the Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare Association of Nigeria (Kaduna branch), Retired Master Warrant Officer (MWO), Yusuf Usman, expressed satisfaction for identifying them, while stating clearly that the organization was formed 10 years back, and they have over 350 registered members, who were military men.
MWO Usman said, “We acknowledge the efforts of the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, who is accidentally one of us, and we also deeply appreciate his concern towards addressing the pitiable plight of veterans, which he inherited from the previous administration.”
Usman added thus: “We are appealing to Mr President to urgently look into the constitutional provision of pension review of 5 years with the view to directing relevant government organs to commence review that was last done in the year 2010. This, indeed, has become necessary in view of the high cost of living because of the fall in the value of the Naira.
“We wish to immensely appreciate and salute the courage of our Gallant Troops over their victory in the final defeat of the insurgency in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria.
“The Vets are in full support of Mr President’s war against corruption, and are urging that every citizen should support the government in the daily fight against corrupt practices in Nigeria, so as to make our dear country great and better like some part of the developed world.”
The group thanked Mr President for the action taken to end Southern Kaduna crisis, and called on the people to embrace dialogue, peace and development so that the region could make progress.