ABUJA (Office of the Wife of the President Report) – Wife of the President, Dr. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has commended wives of military and police officers for playing noble roles in boosting the morale of their spouses especially in periods of crises, she urged them to continue to promote those ideas and values that promote peace and prevent social and criminal vices.
She made these remarks while speaking on the occasion of the Defense and Police Officers Wives Association (DEPOWA) Week, 2019 at the National Defense College, Abuja on Tuesday 2nd April, 2019.
The wife of the President noted that government had recorded tremendous success in security matters and must also be credited with taking concrete steps in improving on the situation it inherited in welfare and security of the country.
She called on them to collaborate with security agencies in their responsibility of safeguarding the nation in order to anticipate and prevent crises in the communities.
She said, “Information is vital to peaceful coexistence as we are all aware, all criminals are members of our society and they live in our midst, we therefore have a duty to expose them; I should also state that we parents have a responsibility to ensure that we take exceptional interest in the development of our children.”
Aisha Buhari commended members of DEPOWA for the projects they had embarked upon to improve the lives of families of fallen heroes and urged them to increase public enlightenment activities in the barracks for the purpose of ensuring that children are brought up in a proper manner and also prepare them for their future role as leaders of our nation.
President of DEPOWA and wife of Chief of Defense Staff, Omobolanle Olonisakin in her welcome remarks highlighted the role that the organization plays in providing succor to the families of fallen heroes and other less privileged members of the society. She called for the inclusion of families of military and police officers in the welfare-related policies of the nation.
The highlight of the event, public presentation of the book titled “Nigeria’s Defense and Security: the role of military families”, the President of DEPOWA, Omobolanle Olonisakin said, it will serve as a reference material for both Nigeria and the globe in addressing recurrent security challenges. She also promised that proceeds from the launch will be donated to charity.
Chief of Defence Staff, General A.G. Olonisakin while reviewing the book spoke of the increasing number of female military officers and therefore the corresponding increase in male spouses; this, he points out indicates that the notion of the military as anti-feminine is gradually fading away.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustafa was represented at the event by Habibat Lawal, a Permanent Secretary.
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