Soldiers Fighting Boko Haram To Enjoy Death Insurance – Defence Minister


BEVERLY HILLS, January 08, (THEWILL) – The Minister of Defence, Brigadier-General Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) has revealed the intension of the Federal Government to introduce insurance package for soldiers fighting Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast.

This was as he noted that there were already numerous packages enjoyed by soldiers as a way of motivating them to ensure the success of the ongoing counter insurgency operation.

The minister stated this on Friday during an interaction with newsmen shortly after a Special Juma'at Prayer to mark the 2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Abuja.

Explaining that the new initiative was an additional package by President Muhammadu Buhari to motivate the gallant soldiers and take care of the families of fallen heroes, he said, “Normally we have package for the families of the fallen heroes but recently we are introducing the death insurance which has not been done before.

Dan-Ali, who urged all Nigerians to pray to ensure the defeat of the Boko Haram terrorists, said that the military was getting it right in the ongoing fight against insurgency. He, therefore, expressed optimism that the insurgency would soon be a thing of the past in the country.

“I believe Nigerians are fully aware of what the military has done so far and with their prayers everything will come to an end very soon,” he stressed.

Speaking earlier, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, said that the prayer was part of recognition of the sacrifice made by men and women who laid down their lives to defend the country.

“We must continue to do this not only to motivate their families that are left behind but to also encourage our men that are presently fighting insurgency,” he said, urging all Nigerians to always remember the fallen heroes in their daily prayers and to pray for the unity and development of the country.

In his remarks, the Deputy Chief Imam of the National Mosque, Sheikh Ahmad Onilewura, prayed for the victory of the armed forces over the forces of evil in the country.

The prayer was attended by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar, The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the Minister of state for Environment, Alhaji Usman Jibrin, among others.