“We’ll Wipe Out Boko Haram” – Army

The Army said yesterday that the death of
15 soldiers killed by members of the Boko
Haram would not deter it from crushing the
terrorist group.

It also declared its willingness and capability
of defeating all terrorist groups which are
hampering Nigeria’s peace and stability.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-General
Onyeabor Azubuike Ihejirika, who disclosed
this in Abuja yesterday at the burial of the
soldiers, said they died in their zeal and
gallantry efforts to ensure that terrorism
and insurgency are defeated so that our
country can enjoy the much desired peace.
The Army chief, while commiserating with
the bereaved families, said their death was
not just a monumental loss to their relations,
the Armed Forces, security agencies, but to
the entire country and Africa where they
fought and died for peace to reign. He said
the death of the soldiers would further
strengthen the military to wipe out
terrorism.
He prayed God to grant the bereaved
families the fortitude to bear the great loss,
while promising that the Army will assist
them and ensure they get all the
entitlements as soon as possible.
Also speaking at the burial which took place
at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja, the
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Ola
Saa’d, said the decision to make the
ceremony public, was to warn the
insurgents and other terrorist groups who
have been causing trouble and destabilising
the peace of the country that the military
would not fold its arms and allow dissidents
have their way.
He said: “We’re holding a public burial
ceremony. By this ceremony, we are sending
a warning signal to terrorists, insurgents
and those who are in the habit of fomenting
trouble to destabilize the country that the
Nigerian Armed Forces is willing and
capable of defending the territorial integrity
of the nation”.
In his address, President Goodluck Jonathan,
who was represented by Vice President
Namadi Sambo, while commiserating with
the officers and soldiers, pledged his
administration’s resolve to improve soldiers’
welfare and strengthen their operational
capabilities to conquer Nigeria’s security
challenges.
He urged them to be strong at this time of
their grief and take solace in the fact that
they were winning the war against
terrorism.
He said “rather than despair and lose focus,
I urge you to strategise to defeat the
enemies”. Speaking on behalf of the
bereaved families, Pastor Iliya Joshua
Hamadu, called on the military to investigate
the remote causes of the death of their
relatives because as he put it, “their death
remains a mystery to their families.”

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