Buratai visits Bama; orders automatic promotion for soldiers, for gallantry.
In continuation of his operational visit to formations within the epicentre of the Boko Haram battle, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Tukur Buratai has visited troops of 21 Brigade at Bama, Borno State where he not only hailed their performance but gave automatic promotion to two soldiers for gallantry.
Recall that the gallant troops liberated Bama from the criminal Boko Haram terrorists on 16 March 2015 after a fierce battle leading to killing of scores of terrorists while a cache of arms and IED making materials were captured.
According to a statement signed by Lt. Colonel Aminu Illyasu, the COAS while addressing troops, reminded them of their mandate and deadline to clear the pockets of Boko Haram terrorists within their area of responsibility before the end of December which he strongly believes is possible looking at their high spirit.
He also urged them to always be alert noting, ‘Nigerians are proud of you, Mr President is proud of you, we must continue to make them proud as you are better trained and better equipped than the terrorists’.
“Highlight of the visit was the promotion and decoration of 2 soldiers of the Brigade for their gallantry, dedication and loyalty from the rank of Lance Corporal to Corporal, an event that further lifted the morale of not only the beneficiaries but the whole Brigade.
“The elevated soldiers include Corporal Thomas Orim of 202 Battalion and Corporal Abubakar Usman Usman of 150 Task Force Battalion”.
“The COAS also visited other locations of the Brigade at Konduga, Awulari and Kwanar Banki all at the fringes of Sambisa Forest where he met troops in high spirit and enjoined them to continue to do their best in order to defeat the Boko Haram terrorists” he said.
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