Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Buratai
By Dauda R. Pam, Maiduguri
The Deputy Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major-Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, has reiterated Nigerian army’s determination and commitment to end the dreaded Boko Haram insurgency and to restore peace in the North-east sub-region.
He stated this at the burial of five fallen heroes at the Nigerian Army Cemetery, held at the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri.
Major-Gen. Adeniyi hinted that the military would not rest on its oars until total defeat of the insurgency and restoration of peace to the war torn zone is achieved.
He said the fallen heroes were gallant, courageous and brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the defence of their fatherland.
He said: “On behalf of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, I wish to commiserate with the families of the fallen heroes. What happened is sad, but I want their families to know that they did not die in vain. They died for Nigeria. They died for their fatherland.”
According to him, the Nigerian Army is proud of them and stressed that “I promised you we will not sleep, rest or give Boko Haram insurgents any respite, we will return normalcy to the North-East.”
He pointed out that the army has put in place an effective welfare scheme to take care of the families and children of the fallen heroes and advised the Next of Kin (NoK) of the deceased soldiers to contact him or Commanders of the Sector 2 and 29 Brigade, under which the slain soldiers served, if they experience difficulties or misunderstanding regarding their welfare and prayed for the repose of their souls and the families the fortitude to bear the monumental loss.
The fallen heroes included, Col. Kenneth Elemele, Lance Corporals, Ajijola Sunday, Oguntuase Ayo, Dimos Daniel, and Private Akinola Ayoola.
The fallen heroes were laid to rest in accordance with the Christian religious rites and military etiquette with each of the families presented with the National Flag at the end of the exercise.