Yuletide: Sen. Ndume donates cattle, food items to troops in northeast

Sen. Ali Ndume, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, has donated cows and food items to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) for the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Ndume, presented the items to Maj.-Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, the Theater Commander of the OPLD, at the Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri on Sunday.

Ndume, who was represented by Alhaji Idris Timta, listed the items to include 10 bulls, 50 cans of cooking oil and 50 bags of rice.

He disclosed that the gesture was to enable the troops in the front line celebrate the season in a happy mood, adding that similar items would also be distributed to other military formations in the theater of operation.

Ndume added that the gesture was to appreciate the troops over their gallantry and bravery in the counter insurgency campaign and peace restoration process in the region.

Adeniyi commended the senator over the gesture, adding that it would go a long way toward improving the well being of the troops engaged in the fight against insurgency.

Adeniyi described the senator as somebody who supported and identified himself with the military in its operations.

“Sen. Ndume has severally spoken and shown concern over our operations against Boko Haram insurgency; he is among Nigerians that always stand for us and commend our gallantry.

“Boko Haram is nowhere and cannot go anywhere; we have degraded them and unless they surrender, we are going to finish them. We thank him for the gesture and appreciate him for remembering us at the fronts,” he said.

Adeniyi reiterated the commitment of the military to end insurgency, restore peace, protect lives and property as well as ensure peaceful celebrations during the festive season. (NAN)