- Some wounded Nigerian soldiers have expressed determination to return to the battlefield as soon as they get better
- The soldiers made this known when the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, paid them a visit at the hospital
- Buratai also assured them that their efforts will never go unrewarded
Some Nigerian soldiers have demonstrated a rare level of patriotism as they express willingness to return to the Boko Haram battlefield despite being wounded.
One of the soldiers, warrant officer Yahaya Isyaku said he is ready to return to the mission area to continue fighting the insurgents.
Daily Trust reports that Isyaku said this when the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai paid him and other wounded soldiers a visit.
Legit.ng gathers that the soldiers are currently hospitalised at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna.
Isyaku said he was delighted to see the COAS and have him serve him dinner personally.
He said: “We here in 44 Army Hospital are happy with everything here, the Nurses and Doctors are taking good care of us and the Chief Medical Director (CMD) is doing a motherly job here, she is taking care of us.
“I am ready to go back to the mission area to fight and attack Boko Haram. The COAS took me to India to get prosthetic leg, I got an oversized one and could not use it, but as soon as I get the right size, I am ready to go back to the battlefield.”
Also speaking, Major D.M. Dede on behalf of wounded officers, said it is a rare privilege to see this day.
“Sir you went to the field and served us meal there, we thought that was the end, but you still followed us here and served us meal. When we get well, we want to go back and continue to fight the terrorists. We pray God keeps you to accomplish your vision,” he said.
In his reaction, Buratai said the soldiers' efforts in trying to secure the nation will never go unrewarded, stressing that their true spirit of patriotism and professionalism is commendable.
Meanwhile, the Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) has condemned the killing of five aid workers by the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists.
The group also criticized its use of landmines and buried improvised explosive devices by the terrorists.
According to the group, such action does not discriminate its targets in a war situation and always hits many civilians.
In a statement by its executive secretary, Isaac Ikpa, on Friday, July 24, CSEJET said the radical terrorists' new dimension has suffered heavy casualties.
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