Mother Of Soldier Killed By Boko Haram Reveals Truth About Governmental Support
Mrs. Sarai Usman and her late son, Lance Corporal David Usman
A mother, Mrs. Sarai Usman, whose son was killed at the Nigerian-Chad border by Boko Haram said that son’s family has been abandoned by government.
In an interview, Mrs. Sarai Usman, 55, said that she found out from her daughter-in-law that her son, Lance Corporal David Usman, was killed on May 18, 2013 at the Nigerian-Chad border by Boko Haram sect.
“He was just 37 years old when he was killed. He left behind a wife and two children. The first child is three years old and the second is six months. His wife was just two months pregnant when he died. He never got to see his son’s face before Boko Haram killed him,” the mother said.
According to her, since her son died, she don’t have enough money to take care of herself and his family. Usman’s children don’t attend school as their mother can’t afford it.
“I was devastated when I heard (about son’s death), I fell on the ground wailing. I didn’t want to believe my son was gone at first, but when reality dawned on me, I had to come to terms with his death,” the mother confessed.
Mrs. Sarai Usman believes that the government should support his family financially, because he died while protecting his country.
“His family has been suffering. His salary has not been paid since his death and his family has no sign concerning the payment of his benefits or gratuity, I’ve complained several times but it’s been to no avail. They have no money to sustain themselves. It was his earnest desire to give his children sound education,” she said.
Speaking about her last conversation with her son, she admitted that he advised her to warn his younger brother not to go out anyhow because of the Boko Haram sect. “He said I should prevent him from going to Boko Haram infested zones. He never knew the evil he was trying to protect his brother against would still kill him,” Mrs. Usman said.
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