Standing tallest at the frontlines is Major General Ahmed Mohammed, GOC 7 Division Nigerian Army. Next to him (green beret) is Major General Chris Olukolade, Director Defence Information.
PHOTO CREDIT: VOICE OF NIGERIA
VOICE OF NIGERIA
by Ben Adam Shemang
30 April, 2014
The General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, General Ahmed Mohammed, has called on soldiers fighting the Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast of the country to continue to show their loyalty to the nation and protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria.
Service and professionalism
He said the need to protect Nigerians and every law abiding citizen must be maintained by the country’s armed forces. The General then praised the soldiers for dedication to work and professionalism as they fight the sect.
General Mohammed while addressing soldiers who routed many terrorists in Bulabulin in Borno state, northeast Nigeria also told the soldiers that“the nation is proud of you, keep it up”.
Battle ready soldiers
Our correspondent who visited the frontline observed that the soldiers remained ever battle ready and from time to time, the GOC would ask the soldiers: “how is the fighting spirit?” and the soldiers would thunder in unison “very high, sir”.
Our correspondent also met female combatants who told him that the fight against the insurgents must be won, stressing that “we are fighting for our fatherland”.
The Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade said that the welfare of the troops in the region was very paramount to the defence authorities. The Director called on Nigerians to at all times, support the soldiers as they make many gains in different fronts against the insurgents.
Our correspondent also reports that he saw some Boko Haram members who were arrested hours earlier before his visit,looking hungry, fragile and unkempt.
There are reports of many of the sect members running out of food and medicine, and one of the medical doctors to the sect was arrested inside Maiduguri town as he bought assorted medicines in cartons to be taken to the terrorists in the forests.
Of recent, there have been reports of foreign mercenaries and collaborators who aid the insurgents which have not been confirmed officially. However,a soldier said some arrested Boko Haram members had said “some people in white skin train the sect members in the mountains between Nigeria and Cameroun”.