President Muhammadu Buhari has honoured seven officers of the Nigerian army and Nigerian Air Force for exhibiting gallantry in the fight against the Boko Haram sect.
Premium Times reports that the officers were honoured with medals at the Yola International Airport on Friday, November 13.
Buhari called on the officers to sustain their gallantry and take the job of liberating Nigeria from insurgency with bravery and determination. He stressed that the federal government would honour bravery at all times.
Among those who received medals from the president were two army officers, an air force officer and three soldiers who were injured while fighting against the militants.
The injured soldiers, who were brought to the airport on wheelchairs, were praised for their heroic contributions to the ongoing effort by the Nigerian army to end the Boko Haram insurgency. Buhari wished them quick recovery and assured that adequate medical attention would be given to them.
“These very deserved medals are in recognition of your sacrifices. I hope it will inspire you to give more to the nation and I urge you to maintain your determination to bring peace to our fatherland.
“With what I have seen today, I believe that the Boko Haram are very close to defeat and I urge you to quickly clear the remnants of these criminals from wherever they may still be hiding.
“I also urge you to remain vigilant, alert and focused to prevent Boko Haram from sneaking into our communities to attack soft targets,’’ the president said.
Those decorated with the Purple Heart medal are Lance Corporal Kenneth Kulugh, Private Anthony Sunday and Private Danga Umar.
Accompanied by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, the president also presented Operation Lafiya Dole medals to other four soldiers.
Earlier today, the president visited Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Yola, the Adamawa state capital.
While addressing IDP’s, Buhari restated his government’s commitment to crush the Boko Haram insurgency.
“My government is doing everything possible to rebuild your homes, schools hospitals and roads to enable you go back to your homes. Boko Haram will soon be a thing of the past,” he said.
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