PRESIDENT BUHARI VISITS TROOPS IN YOLA, HONOURS SOLDIERS WITH MEDALS FOR GALLANTRY

President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Yola,
honoured three soldiers who sustained serious
injuries in ongoing operations against Boko
Haram with the Purple Heart medal for
gallantry, during a morale-boosting visit to
the Nigerian military in Adamawa State.
At the conferment ceremony, President Buhari
said that the honour to the three wounded
soldiers was in appreciation of their heroic
contributions to the ongoing effort by the
Nigerian Armed Forces to end the Boko
Haram insurgency.
“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 who was
wounded in a battle with Boko Haram at
Magar Bridge, near Madagali.
Others are Private Anthony Sunday was
wounded in a battle with Boko Haram at
Gubla in Adamawa State and Private Danga
Umar who sustained multiple gunshot injuries
to both thighs at Magar Bridge, near
Madagali.
Accompanied by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.
Gen Tukur Buratai, the President also
presented Operation Lafiya Dole medals to
other four soldiers.
The Operation Lafiya Dole medal is presented
to men and officers of the Nigerian Armed
Forces who have served gallantly in theatre of
operations in the North east beyond six
months.
Commending the armed forces for successes
so far recorded in the ongoing fight against
the insurgents, President Buhari urged them to
remain focused on the objective of completely
defeating Boko Haram before the end of the
year.
The President assured them that the welfare of
troops in the frontline states will continue to
be improved by his administration.
President Buhari urged the army to continue
to operate within its rules of engagement and
with due regard for human rights and its
responsibility to protect civilians in areas of
conflict.
The President also visited the Internally
Displaced Persons camp in Malkohio, Jimieta,
Yola, where he assured the IDPs that the
Federal Government was doing everything
possible to ensure the safe return of all
displaced Nigerians to their native
communities.
President Buhari paid a courtesy visit to
Lamido Adamawa, Dr Muhamamdu Barkindo
Aliyu Mustapha and rounded-off his visit to
Adamawa by attending the Wedding Fatiha of
three daughters of Former Vice President Atiku
Abubakar, after attending the Jumat Prayer at
the Airforce Mosque in Jibson Jalo Army
Barracks, Jimeta, Yola.
He was accompanied on the trip to Adamawa
State by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Chief Bisi
Akande, Senator Ahmed Lawan and Senator
Kabir Garba Marafa.
Garba Shehu

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