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Boko Haram: Naowa Immortalizes Slain Soldiers Of 82 Division Enugu

From Ignatius Okpara, Enugu – As a way of immortalizing some of the soldiers of 103 Battalion, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army Enugu, who lost their lives in the North East, while fighting the deadly Boko Haram insurgents, the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA), of the Division, has unveiled a plaque tagged “Heroes Wall”, built in memory of the fallen soldiers.

The monument, according to NAOWA, is aimed at putting in memory of the slain soldiers, who lost their lives while defending the defenceless.

Unveiling the monument built inside the 82 Division Barracks Wednesday, the General Officer Commanding, GOC 82 Division, Enugu, Major General Shehu Yusuf, applauded NAOWA for the gesture.

Speaking at the colourful event, the GOC, expressed happiness with NAOWA members for building a magnificent children’s park, saying people in the barrack now have a place for relaxation.

The state of the art plaque, which was built inside a new children’s park, was constructed by the association led by wife of the GOC, Mrs. Seeline Yusuf.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after the inauguration, of the park named “Dragon Children’s Park, 82 Division”, Mrs Yusuf explained that they came up with idea having realized that certain percentage of their women and children have lost their husbands and fathers.

She stated that such recreational centre would help in keeping the orphans of the killed soldiers busy.

Mrs. Yusuf, further explained it was in “recognition of the fact that some of the women and children have lost their husbands and fathers that we decided to build and unveil a wall with the names of 10 of the soldiers from 103 Battalion that died in the North East inscribed in it”.

The 82 Division NOAWA President, however, assured that they would continue to remember the fallen heroes, adding that they would not be forgotten.

According to her, the Wall would make people and the beloved family members of the fallen heroes to be remembered always.

She promised families of the late soldiers that NAOWA in 82 Division would continue to support them, adding that the Heroes Wall would remain in the park forever.

Mrs Yusuf hinted that when she took over as President of NAOWA in 82 Division, she observed that their children lacked playing facilities, a situation she said motivated her and NAOWA members to build the park.


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