Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai says henceforth, any soldier or police officer who loses his life in the line of duty, will have his next of kin get compensated from government’s funds to the tune of one million naira.
He disclosed this at the Armed Forces remembrance celebration day in Kaduna.
Governor El-Rufai said the compensation is to express support for the families of the departed and to also help them cushion the effect of the death of their bread winners.
He explained that, the Armed Forces have done very well in the last sixty years of Nigeria’s existence, as they have kept the Country united and have sacrificed a lot at various points in history.
The Governor mentioned that, in the last few years since the inception of this government, the Armed Forces have played significant roles in fighting Boko Haram and attacking armed banditry.
“We are still not where we ought to be as there are still remnants disturbing our people but the Armed Forces have played very important roles. Here in Kaduna, without the Army, Airforce and Navy supporting the Police, I think the rate of criminality, kidnapping and other forms of banditry would have been out of control”
He said the security personnel are paying the supreme sacrifice because every once in a while, there are soldiers and policemen who get killed while trying to keep Nigerians safe.
He therefore called on all Kaduna residents to thank the Armed Forces and also pray to God to preserve those alive.
El-Rufai promised that government will continue to support them with logistics, assuring that, policies would soon be announced to further support the families of those departed.
Speaking on Nigeria’s unity, he said the diversity is the Country’s major strength as a united Nigeria is a pride to Africa.
He appealed to all Nigerians to be tolerant of one another, remember the common humanity, de-emphasize differences in ethnicity and religion by working together to make the Country stronger with a better economy as well as create opportunities for people.
Reports by Voice of Nigeria indicates that, the Armed forces remembrance day is not only to remember the fallen heroes but also focus on the plight of the heroes that are lucky to be alive.
The dead as well as the living heroes, Ex-servicemen have children and other dependants to cater for. While some Ex-servicemen are well off, majority of them find it difficult to make ends meet, hence, the celebration is therefore a unique occasion to soberly reflect on the plight of the dead and the living heroes with a resolve to minimizing, if not eliminating their sufferings.