The Nigerian Army was recently dealt a devastating blow, when the Boko Haram terrorist group killed a colonel, a captain, and four of its soldiers in Borno State.
The military had following that tragedy, hoisted its flag at half-mast. And the incident, which happened on July 17, left the family of the slain, who died in service for their nation, in mourning. Many Nigerians, including the army, are still in mourning mood over the matter.
However, while Nigerians still mourn, a commander, newly promoted to crush the insurgent group, was busy staging a lavish party to celebrate his latest promotion.
According to a report by Premium Times, “Bulama Biu, the general officer commanding, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, based in Maiduguri,” is the army chief in question.
The paper claimed it obtained a flyer of the event and a picture of Biu sharing a table with the governor during the party.
Biu was promoted to the rank of a major-general on July 9. The army had said President Muhammadu Buhari promoted him to the new position sequel to his “extraordinary feats, exemplary leadership, commitment and valour.”
After his promotion, Biu had on July 17, expressed gratitude for his promotion and had asked the Boko Haram terrorist to celebrate his new feat with him by surrendering or risk being mercilessly dealt with.
Still basking in the euphoria of his new position, Biu had days later said, “Boko Haram should lay down their arms unconditionally and be accepted in their community; opportunities are out there for them. They can be rehabilitated. An ex-Boko Haram member who has laid down his arms and turns away from negativity stands to become the President of this country and take up any position in this country.”
Aside the colonel, captain and four soldiers who died in that recent attack, dozens of soldiers were seriously wounded. Some of them are still in military hospital in Maiduguri.
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