• Fri. Feb 23rd, 2024

In the midst of multifaceted discussions on security challenges, the focal point of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day is to honour fallen heroes, veterans, and the men on the force, urging a collective effort for improved welfare conditions for the Nigerian army.

During an interview, Rear Admiral Patrick Nwatu, the Flag Officer Command of Naval Training Command Apapa, highlighted the importance of the Remembrance Day, emphasizing its role in sustaining the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice for the defense of the nation.

In response to questions regarding the challenges faced by the men in the force, Nwatu acknowledged the multifaceted nature of security concerns, pointing out the emphasis on celebration and remembrance day as a broader initiative under the Ministry of Defence. He commended the ongoing efforts to sustain the armed forces’ capabilities, especially in terms of equipment and welfare.

Discussing the unpredictability of a soldier’s life, Nwatu underscored the challenges faced by service personnel, where their postings and duties are subject to the discretion of superior authority. He emphasized the crucial role of leadership in maintaining morale among the troops and ensuring their commitment to the defense of the nation.

Responding to concerns about the treatment of civilians by some members of the armed forces, Nwatu acknowledged the need for better civil-military relations. He explained the complexities of the security environment in Nigeria, where distinguishing between insurgents and military personnel becomes challenging due to the misuse of camouflage by nefarious actors. Nwatu expressed optimism that as the security situation normalizes, there may be opportunities to encourage a closer connection between civilians and the military.

On the issue of remuneration and the bureaucratic processes surrounding the disclosure of casualties, Nwatu acknowledged the statutory guidelines in place and assured that efforts are being made to expedite the processes. He stressed the importance of verifying and authenticating information before disclosing the status of service personnel to their families.

Rear Admiral Patrick Nwatu called for continued support for the armed forces from the public and emphasized the need for ongoing dialogue to address challenges and foster a stronger connection between the military and civilians. As the nation commemorates Armed Forces Remembrance Day, the call for improved welfare and understanding of the sacrifices made by the armed forces remains at the forefront of the national conversation.

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor is a seasoned journalist and the CEO/Founder Belch Digital Communications, publishers of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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