Nigerian Army has confirmed the video showing some Nigerian soldiers wailing and insulting Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, after they had been ambushed by terrorists, as authentic and recent. The video had surfaced online and gone viral.
In the video, the soldiers watched helplessly as their trucks went up in flames after being hit by bombs planted by terrorist. They were shouting;
“It cannot better for army…this thing wey army don do us, it cannot better for them. Army don sell us finish. See the way dem attack us. Dem ambush us. See the way the army suffer us. “After dem don finish us, army dem go send jets. Buratai e no go beta for you for life. It cannot better for Buratai,” one of the soldiers lamented in pidgin, as other members of the crew chimed in with curses for the army chief and the defence authorities.
DEFENCE HQ REACTS
OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE TROOPS ON PATROL ENCOUNTER IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE/TERRORISTS AMBUSH EIGHT KILOMETRES AHEAD OF BUNI-GARI, YOBE STATE
The Troops of Combat Team 1, Operation KANTANA JIMLAN on long-range admin patrol along Buni Yadi – Buni Gari axis encountered multiple Improvised Explosive Devices and Boko Haram Terrorists’ ambush, eight kilometres ahead of Buni-Gari in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State on the 18 of May 2020.
Two soldiers paid the supreme price and three other soldiers sustained injuries as a result of the IED explosion. Additionally, a recovery truck, one troops carrying vehicle and a water tanker that ran into the IED were destroyed by fire. Three terrorists were neutralized while unconfirmed number escaped with various degrees of injury.
However, due to mental snap/distress occasioned by fog of war, two of the soldiers who escaped the IED and terrorists’ ambush recorded the incident with uncomplimentary remarks, about the Nigerian Army and her leadership, which was released on the social media. Although this kind of outburst is expected in war, the soldiers involved have been identified and would undergo observation and counseling.
The Armed Forces of Nigeria will remain unwavering in its quest to end the terrorism and will do everything possible to ensure there is no repeat of this kind of traumatic incident/outburst.
The Military High Command commends troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE for their unwavering determination, hard work and resilience.
JOHN ENENCHE, Major General
Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters
20 MAY 2020
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