The viral video of Nigerian soldiers insulting the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai has attracted a reaction from the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.
In its reaction, the Defence Headquarters said the action of the soldiers contradicted their rules of engagement and they will be invited for further evaluation.
It added that the military will not be discouraged in the continued onslaught against all forms of terrorism in the country, noting that the soldiers’ reaction is “due to mental snap/distress occasioned by fog of war.”
Recall Naija News previously reported a video that has now gone viral on social media platforms has shown some soldiers of the Nigerian Army lamenting that they have been abandoned in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.
As seen in the video, a recovery truck, one troop-carrying vehicle, and a water tanker that ran into the IED were destroyed by fire in the ambush in which 3 Boko Haram terrorists were also killed.
The ambush resulted in the death of two soldiers and also left three others injured.
The surviving soldiers were thereafter seen in the video insulting the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai.
However, the Defence Headquarters in its reaction, said the outburst from the soldiers in the viral video against the Nigerian Army and her leadership is expected in war.
It noted that the soldiers have been identified, and are expected to undergo observation and counselling to ensure the traumatic incident/outburst is not repeated.
The full statement reads;
“The Troops of Combat Team 1, Operation KANTANA JIMLAN on long range admin patrol along Buni Yadi – Buni Gari axis encountered multiple Improvised Explosive Devices and Boko Haram Terrorists’ ambush, eight kilometres ahead of Buni-Gari in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State on the 18 of May 2020.”
“Two soldiers paid the supreme price and three other soldiers sustained injuries as a result of the IED explosion. Additionally, a recovery truck, one troops carrying vehicle and a water tanker that ran into the IED were destroyed by fire. Three terrorists were neutralized while unconfirmed number escaped with various degrees of injury.”
“However, due to mental snap/distress occasioned by fog of war, two of the soldiers who escaped the IED and terrorists’ ambush recorded the incident with uncomplimentary remarks, about the Nigerian Army and her leadership, which was released on the social media.”
“Although this kind of outburst is expected in war, the soldiers involved have been identified and would undergo observation and counselling.”
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria will remain unwavering in its quest to end the terrorism and will do everything possible to ensure there is no repeat of this kind of traumatic incident/outburst. The Military High Command commends troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE for their unwavering determination, hard work and resilience.”