The Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association, NAOWA, 81 Division, on Friday, said they want to feel the physical appearance of their husbands.
The Army officers wives appealed to the Brigade Commander to consider redeploying their husbands who have been away in the battle with Islamic sect, Boko Haram, for the past two years.
The women spoke during NAOWA executives visit in commemoration of this year’s Nigerian Army’s Day to 35 Artillery Brigade, Alamala Barracks, Abeokuta, pointing out that the duration of absence has become tiring as families keep longing for them.
The wives said, “It is not as if we don’t call them or they don’t call us but we want to see them physically. We miss them especially in this rainy season.”
They also pleaded with the president to see to the unavailability of drugs at their local hospitals, stating that the NHIS arm has not been receiving necessary fund.
The president of NAOWA, Mrs Emohbon Malia Edet disclosed that the charitable items and services provided for the celebration of the Army Day was in remembrance of fallen officers and their role in the defence of the country.
She urged them not to lag in their supportive role to their families, adding that upkeep fees should not be diverted in pursuit of frivolous things like Aso-Ebi.
She said, “We are remembering the sacrifices of your husbands who have fought to keep Nigeria one and are still fighting.
“Some of them have died in the process and many are in the north. As part of the celebration, we have come here to see you and encourage you not to stay idle.
“You should use this place as an opportunity to acquire new entrepreneurial skills like fish farming, poultry and other agricultural activities.
“Please engage in them so that you can be financially independent and support your husbands and make them happy where ever they are. Please don’t join the clubs of Aso-Ebi and leave your children wandering.”
She added that NAOWA had, on Tuesday, paid a visit to widows of fallen officers to honour and identify with them.