The morale of officers and men of the Nigeria military currently fighting insurgency in the North East recently got a boost as Erisco Foods Limited donated trailer load of food items worth millions of naira to motivate them.
Presenting the food items and a cheque of N1 million to the widow of late Lt. Col. Abu Alli at the Defence headquarters Garrison, Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja, in a short ceremony, the President/CEO of Erisco Foods Limited, Chief Eric Umeofia disclosed that the officers and men of the Nigerian military needed to be commended for the good work they are doing.
He noted that no meaningful success can be achieved in an atmosphere of insecurity.
“I thank God for the opportunity of making this presentation because it is borne out of desire to encourage and motivate the officers and men of the military who have recorded huge success in the fight against Boko Haram and making sure that the country is safe and secure.”
He further noted that the patriotic zeal of the military to secure the territorial integrity of the country was commendable, hence the need to boost their morale with food items that can be easily eaten while at the war front.
Continuing, Umeofia said the effort of the military will help the economic growth of the nation as export will be made easier if the insurgents are totally routed.
He urged well-meaning Nigerians to support the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in its efforts to make Nigeria great.
“If only 10 per cent of Nigerians are as patriotic as the military and contribute their quota to National development, we will overcome all these challenges bedeviling our nation including poverty, recession and corruption. It’s our prayers that God will continue to safeguard the officers and men as they work assiduously to keep the country safe.”
In his response, Air Commodore, Olayinka Tijani, who received the food items on behalf of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, expressed joy and said that they were convinced that this gesture exhibited by the Erisco Food Limited would go a long way in complimenting the Military’s welfare package for the troops in the theatre of operation in the Northeast.
According to Tijani, “This is most appreciated and the Chief of Defence Staff maintains that this support has demonstrated uncommon patriotism to the nation in general and the Nigerian Military in particular.”