By Ikeugonna Eleke
Chief Osita Chidoka, former minister of aviation, is organizing a 48 km run/walk to raise the sum of $30, 000, which is an equivalent of N10million, for the families of soldiers who lost their lives in the war against Boko Haram.
Chidoka who said most of the soldiers were from the South, disclosed that the charity walk would hold in Abuja on July 18 to commemorate the celebration of his 48th birthday.
In a statement issued by Ikechukwu Okafor, his Media Assistant, Chidoka said he wished to use his birthday this year to identify with the families of the slain soldiers who, he said, were in pains for the loss of their loved ones.
‘I have decided to dedicate my 2019 birthday run/walk to raising money for families of Nigerian military officers and men who lost their lives to the war against Boko Haram in the North East.
‘I will cover 48 klm; that is 48,000 steps, on July 18 for our fallen heroes. I hope to raise $30,000 on my 48th birthday for our brothers and sisters, so let us dip into our collective humanity and show love to those who died that we may live.
‘As a man who has been responsible for men under my command, I know the pain and sorrow of the families left behind,’ he said.
The former Federal Road Safety Commission Corps Marshall called on friends, associates and people of goodwill to join him in the charity run/walk and contribute generously to the fund.
Chidoka said the fallen soldiers cut across the country, adding that one of the soldiers was from his community, Obosi.
‘I appeal to you to donate to this fund, as a start, to help the grieving families. One of the dead soldiers is from my village and I know how the family feels,’ he said.