The #BringBackOurGirls group has commended the courage and gallantry of the Nigerian soldiers over its fight against insurgency in the North-east.
The group in a statement signed by the leaders, Aisha Yesufu and Dr Oby Ezekwesili also commended the Civilian JTF for its contribution to the fight against the Boko Haram sect, urging them to remain resilient in the face of attacks as their labour will no be in vain.
“We must as always, however, first acknowledge the courage and gallantry of our soldiers in the frontlines, the Multinational Joint Task Force, and the Civilian JTF, and urge them to remain resilient in the face of attacks as these. Their labour and sacrifice shall never be in vain.
“We acknowledge the return of thousands of our fellow citizens who were never confirmed by the federal government to be missing but have since been rescued by our military,” it said.
The group also commended the military over the opening of a Nigerian Air Force mobile clinic in Bama, the only functional healthcare center in the area.
The group, however, called on th federal government to pay the troops at the frontlines who are reported to have complained about their salaries and emoluments.
“However, reports regrettably show our troops at the frontlines complained about their salaries and emoluments. This they say is weakening their morale in the fight against insurgency as the food they are fed, is in no way better than that served prisoners. This is unacceptable and we call for an investigation.
“At this time of immense sacrifice from our troops on the frontline, it is important to prioritise their welfare and needs, ensuring that they have no cause to complain or worry about basic needs as they serve their nation to root out the insurgents,” it said.