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Atiku Awards Scholarship to Children of Borno Attack Victims
The Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has awarded scholarships to five children of soldiers who were victims of an attack on 157 Task Force Battalion in Metele, Borno state.
The former vice- president who referred to the soldiers as ‘valiant heroes’, made this known in a statement personally signed by him on Wednesday, November 21, in Abuja.
Atiku who was born on November 25, 1946 called on those who desired to celbrate his soon-coming birthday to donate gifts and money to the widows and orphans of the fallen military heroes.
He further called on the government to set up benevolent fund for the support of widows and children of the country’s fallen military heroes, advising that the fund be managed by an independent body that the public and corporate bodies could pay in funds.
Atiku also sympathized with the Nigerian Army over the recent attack that led to loss of lives of officers and men of the 157 Task Force Battalion.
“I feel immense sadness when I think of the families they have left behind and pray to Almighty God to grant their surviving family members fortitude to bear up in a time like this.
“These men and women gave their best and we must reciprocate their sacrificial giving. Therefore, instead of celebrating my birthday this year, which is coming up in a few days, I choose to rather celebrate our fallen heroes.
“I hereby declare an endowment to provide full financial scholarships to five children of our fallen heroes from the 157 Task Force Battalion in Metele up to whatever level they are able and willing to reach at the American University of Nigeria, Yola.
“I further call on those who desire to celebrate my birthday, that instead of sending me gifts, they should donate their gifts and money to the widows and orphans of our fallen military heroes.
“I also call on all Nigerians, rich or poor, to do what they can for the families of our fallen heroes. They gave us all. We owe it to them to show love and support to the families they left behind.’’