Nigerian Government restates commitment to Troops’ welfare

Martha Obi and Margaret Ebeshi, Abuja


The Nigerian Government has reiterated its commitment to soldiers and welfare

The Minister of Defence, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar made this known when he met the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Princess Meghan Markle in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He commended the Duke and Duchess for their zeal to collaborate with Nigeria in Invictus Games foundation.

The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry urges Nigerians to unite their efforts to acknowledge the sacrifices of the military personnel especially the wounded and injured personnel in the country

Prince Harry said that “their sacrifice reminds them of the true cost of service as a profound impact of conflict on children’s families and mentions a lot like deepest in those all of the families and friends affected when they think back and forth to the past 10 years and think about the different”. 

He noted that yesterday when he visited the wounded and injured Soldiers in Kaduna hospital, most of them were happy because of their condition that he saw it on their faces

The Minister emphasized on the need to help them and their families.

According to him, Nigeria is the first African country to join the Invictus Games.

The Nigerian Chief of Staff, General Christopher Musa expressed his appreciation on how the little game is now becoming bigger events than when Nigeria went to Germany for Invictus Games in 2023, held in who knows that it will turn out like this.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja represented by the Chief of Administration, Army, Major General Jimmy Akpor mentioned  how the wounded soldiers have been living and the Nigerian Army has been supporting them.

He noted that it was Explosive Devices that affected Lance Copra Dim Nwachukwu.

He said that “the Army Chief has mapped out some money to purchase lambs for him”.

The Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, Dr. Abike Dabiri-Erewa lauded the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Princess Meghan Markle for their philanthropic endeavor towards injured military men and women in Nigeria and globally.

Dr. Dabiri-Erewa said that “the royals have laid down precedents for others to emulate”.

Some of the beneficiaries of the invictus games testified on how the foundation has helped them.

Lance Copra Dim Nwachukwu and  Lance Copra  Peacemaker Azuegbulam said that despite suffering life-changing injuries while serving in combat, Azuegbulam won a gold medal amongst others adding that there is ability in disability.

Souvenirs, gifts were presented to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and wife Meghan.




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