The Nigerian Army on Friday buried 14 soldiers killed in an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists on Dec. 24, 2018.
The soldiers who were on escort duty were ambushed on their way back to northern Kaduna by the terrorists on Damaturu-Maiduguri road.
The General Commanding (GOC) 1 Division Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Mohammed Mohammed said it was a grim day in the division and the entire Army.
The military chief added that the fallen heroes gave their lives in the service of Nigeria for the good of the Nigerian people.
He charged the troops to regard the death of their colleagues as “antidote for inspiration and determination to go all out and rid your respective Areas of Operation of kidnappers, bandits and other criminal elements.”
Similarly, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai charged troops in the North East to pursue and neutralize Boko Haram terrorists to “eternity.”
Buratai gave the charge in a message of commendation to the troops.
The army chief said he was delighted to receive the good news of their triumphant entry, clearing of the strategic town of Baga and neutralizing the terrorists.
Boko Haram has been trying since 2009 to establish an Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria, killing some 20,000 people and forcing displacement of millions of others. Enditem