Nigeria: NAOWA President Hosts Luncheon for Wives of Rehabilitating Individuals in Boko Haram Initiative

Nigeria: NAOWA President Hosts Luncheon for Wives of Rehabilitating Individuals in Boko Haram Initiative

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

The wife of the Chief of Army Staff and National President of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA), Mrs. Mariya Abiodun Lagbaja, hosted a luncheon for the wives of repentant Boko Haram terrorists, along with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and other vulnerable women groups undergoing rehabilitation at the BULUMKUTU Rehabilitation Centre in Maiduguri, Borno State.

Mrs. Lagbaja, during the COAS 2023 Conference in Maiduguri, addressed the women, acknowledging their resilience and commitment to embracing peace after distancing themselves from their previous lives. She expressed the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association’s dedication to supporting their recovery journey, aligning with the vision of sustaining legacies through unwavering commitment to unity and service for the betterment of humanity.

Highlighting the challenges faced by the women, Mrs. Lagbaja emphasized the strength displayed during adversity. She commended the staff of the Bulumkutu Rehabilitation Camp for their dedication and resilience, crucial to the program’s success. Mrs. Lagbaja stressed that rehabilitation marks the beginning of a new chapter, urging the women to embrace opportunities provided by the Nigerian Army and the Borno State Government.

The NAOWA President expressed gratitude to the Executive Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum, for initiating the program and appreciated the people of the state for their support. She noted the program’s contribution to the military’s efforts in restoring peace to the Northeast Region.

Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, the Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, welcomed Mrs. Lagbaja and thanked her for visiting the camp and organizing lunch for the victims. She highlighted the significance of the Nigerian Army’s commitment to civil-military relations in society.

Mrs. Gambo praised the efforts of the federal government, Borno State Government, Governor Zulum’s leadership, and all stakeholders in the fight against terrorism. She explained that the Bulumkutu Rehabilitation Centre caters to vulnerable women, providing psycho-social support and skills acquisition programs for those who have gone through trauma.

During Mrs. Lagbaja’s visit to Borno, she commissioned a 25,000-litre industrial borehole and participated in the groundbreaking ceremony of a skills acquisition and training center at the 7 Division, Maimalari Military Cantonment, Maiduguri.

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