A group of Nigerians in Diaspora, under the platform – ‘Concerned Nigerians on Security’, based in the United Kingdom, has pledged to work with the Nigerian military to ensure success in the war against insurgency in the North-east.
The group, led by the Chairperson House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora matters, Mrs Rita Orji, offered to provide requisite intelligence gathering and development software to the Nigerian military, to aid Anti-boko haram operations.
The group made the pledge at the Defence Headquarters Abuja, where it presented an award to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin.
Leader of the delegation, Mrs Orji said the award was in appreciation of the gallantry and doggedness of the military, in keeping the nation united.
According to her, “Nigerians in Diaspora acknowledged the sacrifices of members of the Armed Forces to keep Nigerians safe from insurgency and insecurity.”
The award of gallantry presented to the Chief of Defence Staff, according to Mrs Orji, was to say thank you to members of the Armed Forces through the CDS, to spur the military to do more in their noble endeavour.
Receiving the award, General Olonisakin expressed appreciation to the group for identifying with the military, especially at this trying period in the nation’s history.
He said: “the award is for the Nigerian military, both the dead and the living, as well as members of their families, who also bear the brunt of the insecurity in the North-east and other parts of the country.”
General Olonisakin noted that terrorism was a global phenomenon and therefore urged Nigerians in the Diaspora and the international community to rise to the challenge and join hands with Nigeria to end insurgency and terrorism.
In attendance were the delegation of Nigerians in the Diaspora, some members of the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora and Principal Staff Officers of the Defence Headquarters.