Nigerian Army buries 14 soldiers ambushed and killed by Boko Haram in Kaduna

Remains of an officer and 13 soldiers killed by Boko Haram in Maiduguri on 24th December, 2018 during their burial at the Commonwealth cemetery in Kaduna, Friday, 11th Jan 2019. Photo: Shehu K. Goro

The Nigerian Army today laid to rest an officer and thirteen soldiers who lost their lives along Damaturu/ Maiduguri road while on national duty on 24th December, 2018. They were buried at the Commonwealth cemetery in Kaduna.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 14 soldiers who were on escort duty were ambushed on their way back to Kaduna by the terrorists on Damaturu-Maiduguri road.

The General Commanding (GOC) 1 Division Nigerian Army, Mohammed Mohammed, a major general, said it was a grim day in the division and the entire Army.

“Today we are gathered here not only to mourn but also celebrate lives of service and sacrifice.
“These enthusiastic and inspiring men, exemplified the values of our nation and the military which is loyalty, courage, selfless service, respect, honour and dignity.”

The GOC added that the fallen heroes gave their lives in the service of Nigeria for the good of the Nigerian people.

“We are so very proud of them. Your labour and sacrifice will never be in vain.
“What these men represent is the quest for national defence and preservation of the aspiration of the Nigerian people,” he stressed.

To the families of the slain soldiers, Mohammed said: “Your husbands and children made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of this great country. They did not die in vain as they had given the ultimate duty to Nigeria.

“We will remember them forever as the brave soldiers.