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President Buhari Receives Captured Boko Haram Flag

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The Nigerian Army on Friday night in Abuja hosted President Muhammadu Buhari to Guards Brigade Regimental Dinner and presented to him the captured Boko Haram flag.

The flag was handed over to the President by the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. -Gen. Lucky Irabor.

Men of the Operation Lafiya Dole operating in the North East had ‎‎successfully captured ‎ “Camp Zero,” ‎the strongest enclave of Boko Haram terrorists sect, in Sambisa Forest.‎

Irabor, had disclosed that ‎about 1,240 suspected Boko Haram terrorists were arrested during a mop-up operation by troops inside the Sambisa forest.

While receiving the flag, President Buhari challenged the armed forces on the need to continue to ensure the survival of Nigeria as a geo-political entity despite what he described as “political madness” being exhibited in some parts of the country.

According to him, it is duty bound for the army to ensure the sustenance of peaceful co-existence among the over 250 ethnic groups across the country.

“We will do our best to build the national institutions in the country. All these political madness in the North East, the Niger Delta or in the East should not be allowed to cause division or any form of tension in the country. There are 250 ethnic groups, so keeping Nigeria one is a task that must be done, even for your personal reason you must make sure this country remains united and stronger,’’ he said.

President Buhari, who narrated his early military life in Abeokuta and subsequent redeployment to Zaire (now Congo), said he was almost killed while on duty even before enjoying his first salary as an officer.

The president, therefore, stated that he was conversant with the problems of the military having spent over 25 years in the service.

He recalled how his refusal to adhere to an advice from the IMF and World Bank to devalue the Naira and increase prices of fuel and flour, as a military Head of State, led to his removal.

“I refused and gave my reasons and the next thing I knew I was removed and detained for three and half years. As a civilian president I will do my best and I’m telling you all these because you are part of the leadership of this great country and God willing we will remain great,” Buhari said.

In his remarks, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai urged the officers and men of the Guards Brigade to always maintain the courage and discipline they are  known for in 2017 and beyond.

He assured that the military would continue their onslaught in the North East, and would not rest in mopping up of the remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents.

Buratai reassured that the Nigerian Army would remain apolitical in carrying out its duties to the nation.

The regimental dinner night, which was organized to mark the end of drilling year of the Presidential Brigade of Guards, afforded the officers of the brigade to socialize with their commanders.

The highlight of the occasion was the ‎inauguration of the PMB (President Muhammadu Buhari) Gymnasium at the Scorpion Mess in W.U. Bassey Cantonment by the President.

The event also witnessed the presentation of Souvenirs, Scorpion Magazine and Compendium of Guards Brigade as well as the conducts of the band by the President.

The Commander, Brigade of Guards, Brig.-Gen. Musa Yusuf, delivered the vote of thanks at the occasion which was attended by notable personalities including the representative of Senate President, ‎Sen. Leader, Ali Ndume and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed Bello.

Others are the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, Service Chiefs‎, the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, Presidential aides among others.

7 Comments

  1. keke driver

    December 31, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Should this unserious fellow be receiving a “captured flag” or a “captured Abubakar Shekau”

    • 'Deola

      December 31, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      You are so damn right.
      We don’t need “captured flag” o!
      We need a “captured Abubakar Shekau” in a cage delivered to Mr. President.

    • EE

      December 31, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      I tire oo. But I’m more concerned with ” All these political madness in the North East, the Niger Delta or in the East should not be allowed to cause division or any form of tension in the country. ”

      He’s equating the rallys in the east to actual violence in the Delta and Boko Haram while remaining mum on the herdsmen. 2 more years.

  2. UNCLE GWE GWE GWE

    December 31, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Oh pls!!!! Anyone can print that flag behind their toilet. Where is shekaru?? We want to see his body not his sex bed sheets.

  3. Lala

    December 31, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    A word of prayer for all service men and women who have lost their lives or a limb in the fight against Boko Haram. I hope all due compensation are paid to their spouses and kids.
    A big thank you to the Nigerian armed forces and all our fine service men and women for a job well done in 2016. Not everyone of them are tainted!

    For putting their lives at risk to make Nigeria a safer place not only in the fight against Boko Haram but also across the wold in various peace missions. God bless them greatly as they remain away from family and loved ones whilst the rest of us tucked into our Christmas and new year rice!

    I hope their salaries and bonuses are paid timely, to owe them their due pay would be gross negligence on the part of the federal government.

    Happy new year in advance to everyone!

  4. National squirrel

    December 31, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Na him Koku own am. Boko haram flag returns to osa. Buhariand Boko haram like Trump to the new nazis

  5. Marie

    January 4, 2017 at 10:36 am

    A beg, u Nigerians Jst piss me off….At least support the Army. ..they are making effort….I hardly hear of bombings like b4…U guys need to chill Abeg

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