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BREAKING: Tinubu Offers Scholarships, Houses To Children, Families Of 17 Soldiers Killed In Delta

President Tinubu offers scholarships to the children of the deceased soldiers…

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President Tinubu offers scholarships to the children of the deceased soldiers, providing educational support up to university level.

Nigerian President, Bola Tinubu has conferred National Honours on the 17 officers and soldiers who were murdered in Delta State two weeks ago.

VerseNews reports that resident Tinubu also granted federal government scholarships to the children of the deceased soldiers, providing educational support up to university level.

President Tinubu instructed that the families receive their benefits within a period of 90 days. All four senior officers have been honored with the Member of the Order of Nigeria (MON) award. All 13 soldiers awarded Order of the Federal Republic (OFR).

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“Within our continent, our sub-region and across the world, the Nigerian Military has remained a force for good, embodying a great example and keeping our democracy safe. It is now our duty to protect the families of our departed heroes.

“The Federal Government will provide a house in any part of our country to each of the families of the four officers and 13 soldiers. The Federal Government has also approved scholarships to all the children of the deceased up to the University level. The Military must, within the next ninety days, ensure that all the benefits of the departed are paid to their families. May the families of the departed and all their loved ones find the strength to bear the pain of this loss,” President Tinubu said

This Online News Platform reports that the president announced this at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja, where the deceased military personnel were buried on Wednesday, president Tinubu said.

Tinubu, who took time to mention the names of the deceased individually, said hey have all been awarded posthumous national honours.

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“The four gallant Officers have been accorded the Award of Member of the Order of Niger (MON). The thirteen courageous soldiers who also lost their lives have been Awarded the Officer of the Federal Republic Medal,” he disclosed.

He described the deceased personnel as “patriots, brave and noble men” who gave their lives to defend and protect Nigeria against internal and external threats, saying their sacrifice will be remembered and honoured for generations to come.

“Before the dastardly attack, Lt. Colonel Ali, as the Chief of Army Staff briefed me, enjoyed great operational exploits; fighting terrorists and insurgents in the North East and North West before his deployment to the Niger Delta.”

“Ali kept faith with his military calling till the end. On behalf of a grateful nation, we honour the sacrifice of Ali and the other gallant patriots who died that day. They will forever be remembered as heroes who answered the call of duty and paid the ultimate price.

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“Each man now belongs to the hallowed list of servicemen and women who defended our country and protected their fellow Nigerians not minding the risk to their own lives.

“I commiserate with the families of our fallen heroes and the entire Armed Forces. I share in the pain and grief you carry today. It is my prayer that God will comfort all who are bereaved as a result of this tragedy.

“It is worth restating the debt of gratitude we owe these valiant soldiers and their families.

“As Commander-In-Chief, I do not take the contributions of members of our Armed Forces for granted. I recognise your valour and bravery. I honour your unflinching commitment to making our country safe from criminals, bandits, kidnappers and insurrectionists.

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“While we continue to grieve for the courageous men we lost that day, let us also, on this solemn occasion, be reminded of the unfinished business of working for peace and harmony in our communities.”

Tinubu encouraged the military not to feel downcast over the terrible incident, saying Nigeria cherishes their contribution.

“To the entire armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I have a message for you: Do not let the death of your compatriots discourage you. There is no higher honour than the vocation you have chosen to pursue. We cherish you. We cherish your labour of love. We salute your daily sacrifice in protecting your fellow citizens from danger. We acknowledge your sacrifices to defend our nation.”

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