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Diaspora lauds Defence chief for commitment to duty

01 February 2016, 17:15Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, has dedicated to the military, an award Nigerians in the Diaspora accorded him for his commitment to eliminating terror.

A group of Nigerians-based in the United Kingdom this past weekend presented the award at the Defence Headquarters Abuja.

Receiving the award, Olonisakin expressed appreciation to the group for identifying with the military, especially at this trying period in the nation’s history.

He stated that the award was for the Nigerian military, both the dead and the living, as well as members of their families who also bore the brunt of the insecurity in the North East and other parts of the country.

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“Terrorism is a global phenomenon. I therefore urged Nigerians in Diaspora and international community to rise up to challenges and join hands to wage war against insurgency and terrorism,” said Olonisakin.

Chairperson of the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Matters, Barrister Rita Orji, led the group to the meeting in Abuja.

She  said the award was given to Olonisakin “in appreciation of the gallantry and doggedness of the military in keeping the nation united despite predictions of a break-up Nigeria before the 2015 general election.”

She noted Nigerians in the Diaspora acknowledged the sacrifices the members of Armed Forces were rendering towards keeping Nigeria safe from insurgency and insecurity.

- CAJ News


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