Buratai Faces Boko Haram Terrorists, Escapes Death
Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai, on Friday walked his talks and renewed the vigour within the ranks of the military by personally leading the frontline in Maiduguri where he narrowly missed an ambush that killed one soldier and wounded two others.
According to reports, Buratai was in the 20-vehicle convoy drove past burned-out vehicles littering the road until recently controlled by the Islamic extremists. Weeds have overtaken villages once thriving with farmers and cattle herders.
The ambushed advance team nonetheless killed five insurgents and arrested five on Friday’s drive down the most dangerous stretch of road in Nigeria, from Maiduguri, the northeastern city where Nigeria’s Islamic uprising was born, northeast to Ngala, on the Cameroon border.
The 140-kilometre ride took four hours with stops, including for soldiers to check for land mines. Buratai stopped at Mafa to tell troops of the 112 Battalion to “keep on with the good job” of forcing out the insurgents and urging them on because “there is more work to be done.”
He however informed the soldiers that “there is still more job to be done and we have to do this once and for all so that all of us can go back to our respective barracks and continue with our normal jobs and soldiers”. few kilometres down the road, soldiers with binoculars spotted insurgents hiding in a herd of cattle. Buratai called the convoy to a halt and soldiers arrested the militants, who said they had helped ambush the advance team.
Buratai ordered the body of the dead soldier and his two wounded comrades be conveyed to the nearest hospital.
The military has said it has been plagued by leaked information from Boko Haram sympathisers in its ranks.
Buratai also stopped to chat with 4,000 refugees camped in Dikwa town. They cheered him for bringing soldiers to save them after the extremists killed five of them on Thursday night.
Lieutenant General Buratai addressed the troops and commended them for keeping the morale high. He urged them to be more vigilant and ensure no Boko Haram is left to cause any form of attack on troops and innocent civilians.
He was accompanied on the trip by the GOC 7 Division and other top officers from the Army headquarters, while the Chief of Air Staff also made the trip by air.