Atiku condoles with Nigerian military on fallen heroes, promises full scholarships to affected children

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The former Nigerian Vice-President and presidential flagbearer of the PDP towards the 2019 elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has sent a condolence message to the Nigerian military over the recent attack that led to loss of lives of officers and men of the 157 Task Force Battalion in Metele, Borno State.

In a release from the Atiku Media Office, made available to FirstNigeriaNews, Atiku described military officers as “the gallant men and women of our security services who are our first and last line of defence against enemies of our nation thereby deserving the support and confidence of all Nigerians”.

The statement further reads: “I feel immense sadness when I think of the families they leave behind and pray for Almighty God to grant their surviving family members fortitude to bear up in a time like this”.

“These men and women gave their best and we must reciprocate their sacrificial giving. Therefore, instead of celebrating my birthday this year, which is coming up in a few days, I choose to rather celebrate our fallen heroes. As such, I hereby declare an endowment to provide full financial scholarships to five children of our fallen heroes from the 157 Task Force Battalion in Metele up to whatever level they are able and willing to reach at the American University of Nigeria, Yola”.

“I further call on those who desire to celebrate my birthday, that instead of sending me gifts, they should donate their gifts and money to the widows and orphans of our fallen military heroes”.

“I also call on all Nigerians, rich or poor to do what they can for the families of our fallen heroes. They gave us all. We owe it to them to show love and support to the families they left behind”.

He called on the Federal Government to think about setting up a benevolent fund for the support of widows and children of the country’s fallen military heroes, to be run by an independent body to which the public and corporate bodies can pay in funds.

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