The Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) says it will bestow a posthumous award on the dog that voided mass killing by a female suicide bomber in Borno.
Dr Godwin Abonyi, the President of the association who identified the name of the male dog owned by Mr Mallum, a school teacher, described the dog as a gallant dog for dying in the course of saving the lives of a large number of Nigerians from a suicide bomber.
“High point of the WVD will be a posthumous award given to the sacrificial male dog which recently saved mass killings by a suicide bomber which intercepted the bomber approaching a public gathering.
“In the course of dragging, the dog detonated the bomb and died with the suicide bomber away from the public,” Abonyi said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the suicide bomber had on April 2 attempted to enter into a wedding ceremony ground in Belbelu community in Jere Local Government Area to detonate the bomb, but was attacked by the dog.
The bomb detonated and killed the dog and the bomber in the course of the dragging.
Dr. Abonyi identified a part of the award to include buying a prized dog for the owner and as well give him logistic support to feed the dog for a year, incentives like a plaque of honour for gallantry and supreme sacrifice.
The WVD is initiated by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and World Association of Animal Health, and mark globally annually on April 29.
The day is aimed at highlighting and promoting the different work performed by veterinarians all over the world.
It is also to raise awareness on their contribution to improving animal health and welfare as well as public health.
The theme of this year celebration is “Antimicrobial resistance: From awareness to action’ ‘.
Dr. Abonyi noted that the theme is to highlight growing incidences of antimicrobials in humans and animals.
The theme also highlights the grave consequences and need for all to act immediately to forestall the menace and save humanity.