By Bulama Kaka
The Nigerian Army on Friday buried 19 of the 23 soldiers killed by Boko Haram during the November 18 attack on Metele, Abadam Local Government Area of Borno State.
At a funeral ceremony, that took place at the military cemetery of the Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri the fallen heroes were buried in the presence of their families.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai represented at the ceremony by the Chief of Training Operations, Major General Lamidi Adeosun, warned that fake news could undermine the effort of the Army and dampening the morale of troops.
He, however, said that the setback would not deter the troops from their commitment to defeat the insurgents. Buratai reiterated the determination of the Nigerian Army to end insurgency; protect lives and property as well as restore peace to the North-East. He said that military authorities would take care of the families of the deceased in line with its welfare scheme, and prayed for the repose of their souls.
Also the Deputy Governor of Borno State Usman Durkwa was also at the ceremony to commiserate with the grieving families and the army.
Among those buried amid tears, prayers and emotional speeches was the Commanding Officer of the 157 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, the battalion attacked.