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
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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