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Tears, prayers as army buries soldiers who died in recent Boko Haram attacks
THE remains of some of the soldiers that were killed in recent Boko Haram attacks in Borno State, North East Nigeria, were buried on Friday.
The funeral was held at the military cemetery of the Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, and was witnessed by the families of the deceased soldiers as well as representatives of government and military top hierarchy.
Representing the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, at the event, the Chief of Army Training and Operations, Lamidi Adeosun, eulogised the fallen soldiers for their courage and bravery in protecting their fatherland. He also urged the media to desist from reports that could weaken the morale of the soldiers who are risking their lives daily in the counterinsurgency operations.
Adeosun maintained that the Nigeria Army, though shaken by the recent attacks, remains resolute and determined in decimating Boko Haram and eliminating all threats to the nation’s territorial integrity.
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State was represented at the event by his deputy, Usman Dukwa, while the Shehu of Borno also sent a representative.
The funeral service was officiated by Christian and Islamic clerics.
There had been reports that as much as 100 soldiers were killed in Metele in the recent Boko Haram attack, but the Army Spokesperson, Sani Usman, put the number of deceased soldiers at 23.
Usman said the army had taken notes of the media organisations that published or broadcast fake reports about the attacks and would take legal actions against them.
Below are some pictures of the burial of the soldiers on Friday.