14 Nigerian Soldiers who fell to the hands of Boko Haram insurgents on the battlefield on December 24, 2018 were on Friday buried by the Nigerian Army.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the slain military men who were on escort duty were ambushed on their way back to Kaduna by the terrorists on Damaturu-Maiduguri road.
The General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Mohammed Mohammed, said it was a grim day in the division and the entire Army.
“Today, we are gathered here not only to mourn, but to also celebrate the lives of service and sacrifice.
“These enthusiastic and inspiring men exemplified the values of our nation and the military which is loyalty, courage, selfless service, respect, honour and dignity.”
The GOC added that the fallen heroes gave their lives in the service of Nigeria for the good of the Nigerian people. “We are so very proud of them. Your labour and sacrifice will never be in vain.
“What these men represent is the quest for national defence and preservation of the aspiration of the Nigerian people,” he stressed.
He also reassured the families of the dead soldiers that their demise on the warfront will not be in vain.
According to reports, the Nigerian Defence Academy presented N500,000 to the families of each of the 14 soldiers as assistance, pending the processing of their benefits at the funeral.funeral.