The Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association on Monday presented food items like rice, vegetable oil, milk, butter and other necessities to about 120 widows of slain soldiers who lost their lives to the Boko Haram insurgency, killer herdsmen attacks and other internal security operations.
NAOWA President, Mrs. Kalsum Buratai, represented at the Charity event for widows by Mrs. Fatima Naomi Myam, Zonal Coordinator of NAOWA in Abuja, disclosed that the donations were a token of love and appreciation to the widows who have had to bear the brunt to taking care of the family left behind by their breadwinners.
Addressing the widows, Mrs. Myam said, “Let me first of all give thanks to God for making today a reality. As you are aware, while our husbands are away at war-fronts, it’s our responsibility to close ranks and take care of our colleagues and the home front”.
“As we all know, we are facing challenging times with the ongoing war in the North East. It is not easy to be the father and mother at once. It can really be challenging but always know that God will never forget you.
“Therefore, we are here at the instance of NAOWA National President to share some burden of our fallen colleagues who have unfortunately become widows.
“At this moment, we should know that the most difficult work in this life is being the spouse of a military personnel because when the men are away on duties the mother must play the role of both parents.
“Most importantly is for us to never forget our husbands, wives, relatives and family members that have gone to be with the lord through occupational hazard.
Furthermore, Mrs. Myam said, “We will always remain eternally grateful to their sacrifice. That is why we are gathered here today, to appreciate and remind you (widows) that our prayers and thoughts are always with you”.
The widows expressed appreciation to NAOWA for remembering and coming to their aid with the donation of foodstuff pointing out that while it will go a long way to alleviating their plight, the organization should look into the idea of helping them start small scale businesses that help them generate fund to cater for their children’s school and well-being.