In a compassionate and decisive move, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has issued a direct order for the swift disbursement of all Group Life Assurance benefits to the bereaved families of fallen Nigerian Army officers and soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the ongoing battle against terrorism, banditry, and criminal elements threatening the nation’s security.
This significant announcement was made during the inaugural ceremony of the Chief of Army Staff Combined Second and Third Quarter conference held in Abuja, where Lt. Gen Taoreed Lagbaja conveyed this heartening news. President Tinubu’s directive underlines his unwavering commitment to acknowledging and honoring the brave men and women in uniform who have devoted their lives to safeguarding the nation.
The immediate payment of life insurance benefits not only serves as a testament to the sacrifices made by these heroes but also offers crucial support to their grieving families during these challenging times. This act of compassion and recognition sends a powerful message throughout the nation, emphasizing the importance of honoring the profound sacrifices made by our military personnel.
In addition to this significant directive, Lt. Gen Taoreed Lagbaja shed light on several noteworthy achievements in Nigeria’s security landscape. One of the notable successes is the outcome of Operation Udoka in the South East, where the Nigerian Army, in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders, successfully put an end to the disruptive sit-at-home order imposed by IPOB/ESN. This development has allowed law-abiding citizens in the region to resume their daily activities without fear or hindrance, marking a significant step towards restoring normalcy.
Furthermore, Gen Lagbaja highlighted the Nigerian Army’s unwavering commitment to addressing the diverse security challenges facing the country. To this end, special forces units have been established, comprising highly trained personnel equipped to address emerging threats through intelligence-led operations and the utilization of specialized equipment.
The Chief of Army Staff also commended the success of Operation Hadin Kai in the North East, where the military has effectively curtailed the activities of Boko Haram, resulting in the surrender of numerous members of these terrorist groups. This has created opportunities for the reestablishment of governance and livelihoods in areas previously affected by conflict.
Across other regions of the country, operations like Hadarin Daji and Whirl Punch have effectively countered banditry and insurgency in the North West and North Central. In the South East, efforts to address criminal activities perpetrated by IPOB and ESN through Operation Udoka have yielded positive results, allowing citizens to regain a sense of normalcy in their daily lives.
Gen Lagbaja also highlighted the impact of the military’s anti-illegal oil bunkering operations in the South-South region, contributing to an improvement in the country’s daily crude oil production.
In conclusion, the Chief of Army Staff expressed his unwavering commitment to prioritize the welfare of troops and support for their families. Initiatives such as the “Affordable Home Ownership Option for All Soldiers Scheme” and enhanced medical care for injured soldiers underscore this commitment, ensuring that those who serve and protect the nation are well taken care of.
As the Nigerian Army continues to confront evolving security challenges, Gen Lagbaja’s vision to transform the Nigerian Army into a well-trained, equipped, and highly motivated force reflects the dedication and determination of the nation’s armed forces.
In recognition of President Tinubu’s directive for the immediate payment of Group Life Assurance benefits to the families of fallen soldiers, the Nigerian Army extends its heartfelt gratitude for this compassionate gesture. It stands as a testament to the nation’s deep appreciation for the sacrifices made by these brave individuals and their families.
[Source: Vanguard News]
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