Video has emerged of how Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Abu Ali was decorated with his new rank by Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai.
Ali and four other soldiers were killed late on Friday, November 4 by Boko Haram insurgents after a fierce battle, a statement by Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman announced.
In a Facebook post by the spokesperson of the army, Colonel Kukasheka Usman, he shared a video of the decoration of the gallant soldier and prayed for the soul of departed soldiers.
He wrote: "That unforgettable moment on 9th September 2015 at Gamboru Ngala when the Hero of our time, Lieutenant Colonel MA Ali was decorated with his new badges of rank by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen TY Buratai assisted by the then Chief of Training and Operation, Maj Gen YM Abubakar (now late). May Allah grant the souls of late Major General YM Abubakar, Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Abu Ali and all our gallant officers and soldiers that paid the supreme price in the service of our nation Aljannah Firdausi."
Ali, a recipient of the Chief of Army Staff Award for exceptional bravery and excellence, led the army units that recovered Gamboru-Ngala, Baga and several communities from the terrorists.
His death came at a time the Nigerian troops are gradually flushing out the insurgents into extinction with sustained attacks on their hideouts.