The President, Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), Mrs Maria Lagbaja, on Saturday distributed food items to 1,000 widows and wives of soldiers ahead of the Christmas celebrations.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that each of the 1,000 beneficiaries got 25kg bag of rice, gallon of vegetable oil and chicken.

Distributing the items in Abuja, Mrs Lagbaja, said the distribution of the items was to support households during this festive season, and enhance unity, love and solidarity among barracks community.

She said it was to also to bring the barracks family together in harmony and celebrate the spirit of Christmas as one great community bonded in love, unity and respect for each other.

“We are reaching out to the wives of our fallen heroes to support them and also the wives of our soldiers, to appreciate them for praying and supporting their husbands.

“As you can see, the Nigerian Army Soldiers’ Wives Association members are the backbone of their husbands.

“So this is a little way of showing appreciation and also love, because this is something that NAOWA is always known for,” Mrs Lagbaja said.

She said that NAOWA would remain committed to the betterment of the barracks community.

Mrs Lagbaja appreciated all the wives of officers and soldiers for their efforts in keeping the home front while their spouses carry out their assigned duties.

She said that their dedication, resilience and sacrifice had helped immensely in the operational successes of the Nigerian Army and overall development of barracks community.

“We will always support the wives of our fallen heroes, and whatever support we give you can never be compared with the lives of your husbands.

“They have paid the supreme price by giving their lives for our dear country, and we will be forever remain grateful to them,” the NAOWA President added.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Magajia of 7 Guards Battalion, Mrs Legon Riduwa, thanked NAOWA for the show of love, saying the gesture was an indication that the sacrifices of their husbands were not in vein. (NAN)

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