Buratai Bags Brazilian Highest Military Honour

Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has been conferred with the Brazilian Military Order of Merit Award at Brasilia in Brazil.

The Award, which is the highest military honour, is awarded to those military officers that have distinguished themselves in various military endeavours. Lieutenant General Buratai is one of the few foreign dignitaries to be so honoured with such an award by the country.

The prestigious award and its presentation to him was based on the approval of President Michel Temer, on the recommendation of the Brazilian Army Commander, General Eduardo Villas Boas.

Recognised leadership
According to citation at the occasion, “the award is in recognition of his exemplary and world’s recognised leadership qualities as well as the Nigerian Army’s effort in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.’’

Lieutenant General Buratai expressed appreciation for the honour, which he described ‘not only to him personally but to the entire officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army and indeed, Nigeria.’

“I had never imagined that I was going to be given such recognition when I was planning to visit the Brazilian Army. It is no doubt a great honour to me, the Nigerian Army and the Federal Republic of Nigeria to be bestowed with the Brazilian Military Order of Merit which is the highest and most prestigious award in the Brazilian Army,’’ he said

Long lasting leadership
He stated that the award was a clear manifestation of the long standing relationship between Brazil and Nigeria, which also portrays the recognition of Army’s effort in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in Nigeria.

The Army Chief thanked the Government and the people of Brazil, as well as the Commander of Brazilian Army and his staff for finding him worthy of such award and recognition as well as the hospitality accorded him and his entourage.

He further expressed hope that his visit would serve as the needed fulcrum for more strengthened relationship between the Nigerian Army and the Brazilian Army.

B’Haram Escapee Caught in Ikorodu, Lai Mohammed Says “the Worst is Over’

The Chief of Army Staff,  Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said a suspected Boko Haram member was arrested last Thursday in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State by soldiers.

With the recapture of Sambisa Forest, a Book Haram stronghold, an alarm was raised that defeated terrorists were fleeing to other parts of the country.

 Buratai, who said the arrested terrorist was one of those who fled Sambisa Forest, said the forest would be turned into a military base in 2017.

The Chief of Army Staff said this on Monday during his visit to the troops of 145 Battalion in Damasak, Borno State, to mark the reopening of the Maiduguri-Gubio-Damasak Road.

He said, “I urge you not to relent until all the terrorists, who had fought Nigeria since 2009, are arrested. We must maintain the momentum of the operation. We must pursue the terrorists wherever they are. We must never allow them to regroup.

“For instance, a Boko Haram member was arrested in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State on Thursday. Despite the takeover of the terrorists’ Camp Zero in the Sambisa Forest, we have no time to waste. The seven-year fight against the Boko Haram terrorists was quite sober, and a number of officers lost their lives in the war. I pray for the repose of their souls. We vow to fight the remnants’ of the terrorists.”

In the same vein the Federal Government has congratulated the troops of the Nigerian military for seizing the Sambisa Forest from Boko Haram terrorists.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Mohammed, appealed to Nigerians to maintain support for the Nigerian army and also remain alert to Boko Haram escapees who may want to blend into new communities.

 He said “We urge Nigerians to keep our gallant and victorious troops in their prayers, and to also imbibe the mantra of ‘if you see something, say something’ as a way of ensuring that no escaped terrorist is able to wreak havoc in their communities. It is also important to know that now that they have been dispossessed of their fortress, the Boko Haram escapees will intensify their cowardly attacks on vulnerable targets if only to maintain an illusion of terror. But there should be no panic because the worst is over”.

Buratai Meets Borno Elders Over Boko Haram

The Chief of Army Staff, Leuitenant General Tukur Buratai on Wednesday held a closed door meeting with Borno Elders to discuss ways out of insurgency.

The meeting which took over three hours, from about 3pm till 6:25pm, was held behind closed doors at the Headquarters of the Theatre Command in Maiduguri.

Although, the COAS did not speak to the press after the meeting, the Chairman of the Borno Elders Forum, Ambassador Usman Gaji Galtimari in an interview with newsmen said, most of the issues discussed were security issues that are not supposed to be made public.

However Galtimari expressed hope that very soon, the lingering crisis posed by insurgents will be over.

He called on all and sundry to support government and security operatives in their effort to defeat insurgents.

“We are here with my members to deliberate on issues which I cannot disclose to the public for now, all aimed at how best to restore peace to our dear land, and we are hopeful that at the end out it all, we will succeed,” he stated.

The meeting was attended by Ambassador Galtimari, the Secretary of the forum, Dr. Bulama Mali Gubio, Former governor of Borno state, Alhaji Ashiekh Jarma, Alhaji Lawan Badawi, Alhaji Gambo Gubio and Alhaji Garba Satomi among others.

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