President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed his worry over the kind of criticism the Nigerian military has been getting, stating that it was unexpected and unfair.
He made the assertion when he hosted the widow’s of fallen soldiers to a presidential dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, stressing that Nigerians should respect and appreciate the efforts of the Nigerian troops because they sacrifice their lives daily when others were sleeping.
He said: “Most of you (the widows) would have been surprised that why should the President call us here. It has not happened before. This is the first time that the President would be interacting with the wives of the fallen heroes.
“We appreciate the services of your husbands and your fathers within the armed forces and other security agencies, because we sleep while they are in fears and while protecting the nation, some of them paid the supreme sacrifice.
“That is why I personally get worried when some public utterances that are not expected are made of them.
“All nations respect their military and their intelligent services because without these people, we wouldn’t have been here. Without these people, there wouldn’t have been any Nigeria.
“What keep us together as a nation are the activities of these people. I use this opportunity to call on all of us Nigerians to continue to show gratitude and appreciation to our security services.”