By Emmanuel Afonne
Coalition of Public Interests Lawyers and Advocates (COPA), a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting justice, human rights and the rule of law, has urged Nigerian soldiers to be steadfast in the fight against terrorism.
Mr Pelumi Olajengbesi Esq., the National Coordinator, COPA, said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
Olajengbesi noted that Nigerian soldiers have made a lot of sacrifices in the fight against terrorism and deserved competitive salaries and allowances to keep fighting.
He, therefore, urged the military authorities to prioritise the welfare of its personnel.
Olajengbesi said that adequate arrangements must be made to facilitate soldiers’ travel to enable them to reconnect with their families without undue financial strain.
“A well-compensated and motivated military is essential for the success and sustainability of the fight against terrorism.
“However, we emphasise that true success in this endeavour can only be achieved when our soldiers are provided with the financial support they deserve,” he said.
According to him, the viral video depicting a dedicated soldier struggling with inadequate financial resources, highlights the urgency of addressing the prevailing issue of poor salary and welfare for soldiers on the war front.
“It is disheartening to witness a soldier who has been valiantly fighting on behalf of the nation, facing challenges in accessing basic needs.
“The incident at the motor park, where a soldier was confronted with exorbitant transport costs, is emblematic of the broader problem.
“With a monthly salary of N50,000, it becomes evident that our brave soldiers are grappling with financial constraints that hinder their ability to fulfill personal and family obligations.
“We emphasise that sustaining the fight against terrorism requires adequate remuneration for the men and women in uniform.
“A soldier entrusted with the responsibility of safeguarding the nation should not be burdened by financial hardships that compromise their effectiveness on the field,” he added.
Olajengbesi urged the Nigerian Army to remain steadfast in its commitment to countering terror on all fronts.
This, he said, would give the citizens the hope of a secured and a better Nigeria. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma