Many of us greeted with joy the President’s decision to send in the troops, declaring a state of emergency in some parts of the north. Many of us, myself included, though joyous didn’t really give a thought to the soldiers who would be risking their lives to keep the rest of us safe. I didn’t even think about their families; wives, children, fathers and mothers who would greet the President’s decision with dismay because they know it means their relative would have to do their sworn duty to this nation by putting laying their lives on the line.
I didn’t even give a thought to how I could help, what I could do even as they have already recorded the deaths of some of the soldiers until someone sent me this on my BlackBerry…
“While waiting to board a flight from Charlotte to Atlanta sometime last year, I noticed a small number of US Soldiers were also waiting to board the same flight. I was immediately fascinated by their youthfulness and nice camouflage . They looked like boys and girls to me. I even suspected they were cadets.
My first surprise came when the flight was about to board. The announcer made it clear that men and women of the US army should step forward and board the plane first. This was ahead of other passengers even on the first class compartment . When we had all boarded the flight, the pilot then announced that the airline was happy and privileged to be flying with men of the US army and welcomed them specially on board.
When we landed in Atlanta, the pilot announced and thanked the men of the US army for flying with United Airlines and this time everyone on the plane went into a round of applause, clapping for almost a minute. I had to join in clapping for the US soldiers. This is how much America values the men and women, battling insurgents in order to protect their home land.
Today lets offer prayers and applaud the men and women battling insurgents from Bayelsa to Nassarawa , from Borno to Yobe, from Katsina to Kano; staying awake for us to sleep, taking the battle to the enemies so we can live a normal life. These are the real men with balls. Not the cowards that attack defenseless people and scurry away to hide.
God bless Nigerian Army. God bless Nigeria… Same goes to our real police standing for hours on end on our roads for our protection -many while we sleep…”
Now I know how I can help them; I can pray for them, I can commend and thank them when I come across them. Now you also know your role. They can’t fight Boko Haram alone, they need us just as we need them. So, when praying for a breakthrough, a promotion etc, pray for guidance and protection for the army.
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