The widows of fallen soldiers who lost their husbands in the NorthEast have urged the wives of service chiefs to save and assist them with the non-payment of allowances of their slain husbands.

Members of DEPOWAS

The widows made this known during an interactive session with the wives of service chiefs who comprise the Defence, Army, Air Force, Navy and Police Officers Wives Association, (DEPOWA), in Maiduguri over the weekend.

Some of the widows lamented the difficulty of their lives after their husbands had been killed while defending the country. They noted that they now had difficulty feeding themselves and sending their children to school.

One widow, Mary Joshua, stated called upon DEPOWA for assistance.  

“Ma, I beg you to intervene on behalf of us. Since 2014 when my husband died I am yet to get his benefits,” Mrs. Joshua stated.

Another widow, Aishat Abdullahi urged the wives of the service chiefs to assist the widows with accessing their husband’s accounts.

They also asked the Federal Government to create training programs for them and provide jobs for those that have educational qualifications such as secondary and tertiary school certificates.

While responding on behalf of the wives of service chiefs, the President of DEPOWA, Mrs. Omobolanle Olonisakin, in a sober voice  condoled them over the loss of their husbands who died in active service and praying for the soul of fallen heros.

Mrs. Olonisakin while presenting some relief materials to the widows promised them that all their complaints will be addressed.  

“I assure you [the widows] that your complaints will be addressed very soon, and we are going to support you. We will not allow such problems to continue,” Mrs. Olonisakin promised.

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