Besides words of comfort, the lefty politician who was accompanied by some SDF senators and members of the national assembly, handed a consignment of food items comprising of two live bulls, bags of rice, salt and vegetable oil to the wounded soldier through the hospital authorities.
Speaking during the donation ceremony at the military garrison in Yaounde on Thursday 19 March 2015, the SDF chieftain explained that on the sidelines of the extraordinary summit of heads of state and government of the Council for Peace and Security in Central Africa that took place in the country’s political capital last February, he paid a first visit to the soldiers.
“I saw some of them in very critical conditions, but I was happy that they were going to be treated here”, Fru Ndi said.
Touched, the SDF chairman said he took the matter to the SDF group leaders at both the senate and the national assembly. The SDF legislators, Fru Ndi revealed accepted to donate food stuff, “I had to go to my ranch to select the biggest bulls I can afford to add”, Fru Ndi said.
Fru Ndi who said has chosen not to follow the pattern of those organizing street demonstrations and cash donations to soldiers at the front warned that Cameroonians should not take the fight against the terrorist group as a trade.
“The gift I am giving to the soldiers today is from my heart. To join the army and defend the country is an honour, so we should support them with honour”, Fru Ndi reiterated.
About the soldiers at the war front, Fru Ndi he had dispatched the first vice chairman of the party to the Far North already. “I might go with a delegation to the north”, he stated.
Receiving the gifts on behalf of the Minister Delegate at the presidency in charge of Defence, the Secretary of state in the Ministry of Defence in charge of Ex-service men and war victims, Koumpa Issa said after the January 8 by president Biya, the national and international community has been responding to the war against Boko Haram in diverse forms.
He praised the SDF initiative promising that the donation which he immediately handed to the director of the military hospital will be managed judiciously.
“The soldiers do not only need medical care, they also need food and affection. The SDF initiative will hasten their recovery”, Koumpa Issa said.
The director of the military hospital, Dr. Colonel Abeng Mbozoo Emile, took Fru Ndi and his delegation on a guided tour of the various departments of the hospital where the gallantry soldiers are convalescing.
After digesting the comforting words of the SDF chieftain, some of the soldiers revealed that they are ready to go back to the warfront after their treatment.
By Ndi Eugene Ndi in Yaounde