In May 2014, I went to my state of origin Adamawa State, which was currently under a state of emergency. I had a friend in the Nigerian Army that had been posted there. A few days into my trip I called and sent him a couple of messages to check up on him and say hi but he did not pick my call or reply my messages after a whole day which was very unlike him.
He finally got in back to me and said on carrying out his duties on his way to Madgali local government (which in northern Adamawa) they came under attack by Boko Haram members so obviously that was why I had not heard from him. He also also explained he had been tied up cause he lost men in the attack and was still trying to locate some others.
My heart sank so deep at hearing this news and I was filled with fear. Later on that day I listened to the news as I usually do and to my surprise no mention of this attack or these brave men that lost their lives protecting their nation was mentioned. At that moment I thought to myself saying what if it was my friend that did not make it out of that attack alive does that mean it will be only his contacts on BB and his family that will know of the great sacrifice he made?
My friend is one that loves his job and takes pride in it and is dedicated to it. He puts his service to this nation first above all, he is brave, fair and a man of Honor. I am sure there are many like him in the armed forces and they lay their lives daily to protect the sovereignty and citizens of this nation,
“He also also explained he had been tied up cause he lost men in the attack and was still trying to locate some others.
but the sad part of this is that we do not honor them; neither do we even know who they are in order to remember them.
This led to me having the idea to set up this foundation starting with the website, a place where people could come to see the men and women who laid down their lives to protect this nation and a place where people could leave words of encouragement and tributes to our heroes, cause truly they are the fallen heroes of Nigeria, and also where their families could see how much Nigerians appreciate the sacrifices their loved ones have made. Also when this war against boko haram is over and generations after this era are born they will always be able to see and know the men and women that laid down their lives to make their country better and secure for them to be born into.
I hope as people visit the website and see the men and women that laid down their lives for you and I, people would leave some words of encouragement so their families may see and know they are appreciated. Also to let those still alive and fighting for us that they are not alone the Nigerian people are with them and praying for them and honoring them.
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