- The chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has visited soldiers who were wounded on the front line
- Buratai commands the soldiers for showing determination on the battlefield
- The army chief assured the wounded soldiers of adequate medical attention
The chief of army staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has stated that Nigeria is safer and more secured now than it was five years ago
He made the statement on Sunday, July 26, when he visited wounded soldiers receiving treatment at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, in Kaduna, The Nation reported.
The army chief said he is proud of the soldiers for showing determination on the battlefield.
Buratai said Nigerians are safe because of their efforts in securing the nation.
“I am proud you have made the impact that some of our colleagues and Nigerians are safe and I am equally happy that we are living in peace and Nigeria is safer now than we had five years ago," he said.
He assured the wounded soldiers of adequate medical attention, including follow- up treatment abroad.
Buratai stated that the fight against insurgency is a collective effort that can be achieved through applying what has been taught on the battlefield.
Meanwhile, 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.
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.”