Operation Lafia Dole: Troops honoured for sacrifice

Ugo Okoro, Hajia Sani

Troops of Operation Lafia Dole were, on Monday, presented with gift packs at the Headquarters of 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri by Volt Club students and Children International School (CIS) Lekki, Lagos.

The leader of the CIS Ziploc Appeal 2016 delegation, Mr Bhila Kiphani during the presentation of gifts stated that the students willingly donated part of their pocket money to fund the project, so as to put smiles on the faces of troops who are tirelessly fighting in harsh terrains against the insurgency.

Some of the emotional messages on the cards sent to troops read “Thanks for putting smile on our faces”; “Thanks for fighting for me”; “Thank you for sacrificing your life for me” and    “Thank you Solider, I pray you return home safely”.

In his response the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu commended the pupils for remembering soldiers fighting in the heart of Sambisa.

“This is the most emotional moment of my stay as GOC of the 7 Division, for two and three year old children to contribute their pocket monies to remember our soldiers,” he said.

He stated that “while people like you are here appreciating the good work of Nigerian troops, some are working hard to sabotage our effort.

We want to assure the CIS Lekki pupil/students that we will not let them down. We promise to exterminate boko haram terrorists from their hide outs and ensure that they never exist again in our country.”

The gift pack tagged “Ziploc” contained a variety of items which included tooth brushes, toothpaste, pads, shaving sticks, chewing gum, towels, bathing soaps, candies, recharge cards as well as greeting cards with hand-written motivating messages by pupils of the school to soldiers fighting to keep the country safe and secure.