Nigerian army immortalises late female soldier for hard work



By Sumaila Ogbaje

The Nigerian military has immortalized the late Sgt. Folusho Fagbemiro, a female soldier, who served in the Army War College canteen and died on active duty in June, giving the college canteen her name.

The Chief of Staff of the Army, Lieutenant General. Faruk Yahaya, at Tuesday’s ceremony in Abuja, said the posthumous recognition of the deceased soldier was a demonstration of his determination to reward excellence, loyalty and dedication.

Yahaya, who was represented by the Commander of the Supply and Transport Corps (NAST), the Major-General. Bolaji Salami, described the late Fagbemiro as a dedicated and loyal staff, hence the need for recognition.

He said that the immortalization was aimed at ensuring the enduring of his memory and also reaffirming the spirit of duty and service to others.

He challenged Nigerian military personnel to always strive to remember something good while on and off duty, as evidenced by the late soldier.

“I believe this unique gesture will go a long way in inspiring others.

“With today’s unveiling of Sgt. Cantine Fagbemiro, we express our feelings towards his fond memories and gratitude for his service.

“We pray that God will continue to bless the memory of Sgt. Fagbemiro and shelter our family in his eternal grace, ”he said.

The AWCN commander, Major-General. Solomon Uduonwa, said the late sergeant was from NAST, served in the college’s catering department with distinction before his death in June.

Uduonwa, who was represented by the Director, War and Strategy, AWCN, Brig-Gen. Umar Alkali, said that it was in recognition of his exemplary service that the college offered to the army headquarters to immortalize him.

He said the event went beyond the symbolic unveiling of the canteen also named an affirmation of gratitude the college felt for the late sergeant.

According to him, the event was an honor and to keep alive the legacy of his enormous contributions to the college and to the Nigerian military in general.

He thanked the Army Chief of Staff for approving the name change of the college canteen and renaming it in honor of Sgt Fagbemiro.

The family representative and husband of the late Sgt. Fagbemiro, Mr. Sunday Michael described her as a valiant, inspiring, caring and loving soldier.

He thanked the college and the army chief of staff for honoring his wife, saying the Nigerian military’s gesture had shown a good quality example of a good leader.

Source: NAN

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