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Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Oyetola Salutes Fallen Heroes, Living Gallant Officers For Sustaining Nation’s Corporate Existence

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Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Let’s seize this day to recommit ourselves to the ideals of nationhood, Oyetola urges Nigerians

…salutes fallen heroes, living gallant officers for sustaining nation’s corporate existence.

As the year 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration ended with the traditional ‘laying of wreaths’, the Governor of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, has urged Nigerians to seize the day to recommit to the ideals of nationhood by taking responsibility to create a society that works for all in line with the vision of our forefathers.

He said citizens must resolve to give all for the development of their fatherland, saying “no one of us should find an excuse for giving up on this dearly-beloved nation.”

This is even as the Governor saluted the fallen and the living heroes of the Nigerian Armed Forces for their selfless service and for paying the supreme price to keep Nigeria one, united and indivisible entity.

Governor Oyetola spoke shortly after he laid the wreaths in honour of fallen heroes at the military cenotaph, Osogbo.

He said the Armed Forces Remembrance Day was a day of sober reflection to consider the sacrifices of the soldiers who, in the quest for sustaining unity and collective sovereignty, paid the supreme sacrifice to keep the country united, indivisible and peaceful.

Governor Oyetola said that his Administration was fully committed to further encouraging members of the Armed Forces through diverse interventions and would continue to raise the bar in the provision of qualitative governance in a manner that improves the living standard of the people.

“When on this day over 50 years ago, the nation reunited in the pursuit of the shared goal of peace after a protracted civil war that lasted three years, it was to recommit to a new dawn of a nation that is both at peace with itself and refocus on its quest for territorial prosperity.

“That foundation was made possible through the monumental sacrifices of our armed forces — a rare breed of distinguished men and women who placed us all first above their own security and safety. It is to these illustrious professionals we owe this annual commemoration.

“These are men who have fought gallantly for the sustenance of our collective peace and territorial integrity. From their exploits in the world wars, their peace support operations and fledgling internal security operations, especially as exemplified by their sustained combat against terrorism, they have made us proud and surmounted imposing mountains for our sakes.

“Through their lives and sacrifices, they speak to us eloquently that ours is a nation that is great, cherished and worth fighting for. In their pains, they beckon to us to rediscover hope amidst the challenges that characterise today.

“As an Administration, we will continue to draw inspiration from their lives, knowing that the journey to a brighter future will be determined by unparalleled patriotism, loyalty, dedication and sacrifice to the common good.

“Therefore, as a people, let us seize this day to recommit ourselves to the ideals of nationhood that is reflective of the vision of our forefathers, by taking responsibility to create a society that works for all.

“While thanking members of the armed forces for their immeasurable contributions to nation building, I, on behalf of our people, charge them to give more for our nation, knowing that no true and genuine service to humanity shall go unrewarded.

“As a government, we are fully committed to further encourage members of the Armed Forces through diverse interventions and will continue to raise the bar in the provision of qualitative governance in a manner that improves the living standard of our people”, he added.

The occasion was attended by the leadership and members of the State Chapter of the Nigerian Legion; the Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye who was represented by his Deputy, Hon. Femi Popoola; Chief Judge of the State, Justice Adepele Ojo; some members of the State House of Assembly; members of the State Executive Council, other top government functionaries, among others.

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Last German troops leave Mali as decade-long UN mission ends

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The final German soldiers departed Mali on Tuesday, ending a decade-long deployment to the West African country as part of a United Nations peacekeeping force, dpa reports.

According to the report, the final German soldiers left Camp Castor, their base near the airport on the outskirts of Gao, and will stop over on the Atlantic coast of Africa before returning to the Wunstorf Air Base in Germany, the security sources said.

The camp was handed over to the Mali government before departure on Tuesday. The camp had been the centre of Germany’s deployment as part of the UN mission.

UN blue helmets held a formal closing ceremony on Monday at the MINUSMA peacekeeping mission’s headquarters in Bamako. According to the UN, troops from 53 different countries had taken part in the mission.

According to the German military, around 20,000 German soldiers had been deployed as part of the UN mission over the years.

In 2017, two German pilots died when their Tiger combat helicopter crashed in Mali. In 2021, 12 German soldiers were wounded in a suicide attack.

In mid-June, Mali’s military government demanded the withdrawal of all 12,000 UN peacekeepers after increasing cooperation with Russian forces.

Mali’s Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop accused the UN peacekeepers of having become “part of the problem” instead of having responded adequately to the precarious security situation in the country.

Germany’s gradual withdrawal of about 1,000 soldiers took months and was made more difficult after there was a military coup in neighbouring Niger.

German forces had previously used Niger for transit and logistics operations, but those became more difficult as relations with Niger’s new military leadership deteriorated.

 

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Military Breaks Silence On Terrorist Attack Governor Buni’s convoy

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has opened up on the terrorist attack on the convoy of Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State at the weekend.

Recall that Boko Haram terrorists attacked the governor’s convoy on Saturday while returning to Damaturu from Maiduguri, about six kilometres from Benesheikh town.

Governor Buni was not in the convoy when the terrorists ambushed it, but the Secretary to the State Government and some other top government officials who were in the convoy escaped unhurt.

However, a policeman, who was hit by bullets later, died and one military truck driver, four police escorts and one DSS operative wounded in the attack are currently receiving treatment.

Reacting to the incident in a statement on Monday, the DHQ Spokesman, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba said troops of 29 Task Force Brigade foiled the attack by the terrorists.

Buba stated that the troops also recovered the two vehicles affected in the incident and are conducting a fighting patrol in the area to locate the terrorists who carried out the dastardly act.

The DHQ spokesman disclosed that one military truck driver, four police escorts and one DSS operative wounded in the attack were in stable condition.

Buba also revealed that one of the injured police escorts died shortly upon arrival at the Specialists Hospital in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.

He said: “Reinforcement of troops from 29 Task Force Brigade led by the Brigade Commander are conducting fighting patrol in the area to locate the terrorists who carried out the dastardly act.

“The two vehicles affected in the incident one military MRAP and one civilian escort vehicle whose tyres were shot at during the incident, have been safely recovered to the military camp at Benisheikh.

“Operations are ongoing to hunt and destroy the terrorists that perpetrated the attack.”

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Commander Allegedly Locks Up Army Officer For Exposing Poor Feeding Of Fighters

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Lt. Col. A.A. Buba, the Commanding Officer of 154 Taskforce Battalion of the Nigerian Army in the Northeast region, has allegedly locked up Corporal Sunday Okediran, over allegations concerning the poor feeding of soldiers.

Nigeria Updates gathered that Okediran was allegedly locked up because he was blamed for exposing the poor feeding condition of army officers despite the allocation for their feeding increased.

SaharaReporters, on Monday reported that some soldiers of the 154 Taskforce Battalion deployed to fight terrorists in the Northeast region lamented that despite an increment of money earmarked for their feeding allowance, they were being fed poorly cooked rice.

One of the affected soldiers had told the publication that the Battalion in Ngamdu under the command of Lt. Col. A. A. Buba gave them only bread and tea for breakfast on Mondays and Thursdays, rice for dinners, white rice and stew for Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays “but concussion rice for the remaining weekdays.”

Reacting to this allegation, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, called for an immediate investigation into the matter.

In a statement issued on Tuesday by the Director, of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the COAS noted that the welfare of troops under his leadership takes a premium place amongst other important schemes and considerations.

But on Thursday, it was gathered from the platform that Lt. Col. Buba, on Wednesday morning, ordered that Corporal Okediran be locked up.

A source told the platform that the soldier had been locked up in the guard room since Wednesday morning for allegedly being the whistle-blower behind the exposure of how soldiers are poorly fed by the Commanding Officer.

The source said, “I have it on good authority that one Corporal Sunday Okediran has been locked up on the orders of the Commander, Lt. Col. A. A. Buba, after he was accused of being the whistle-blower exposing how soldiers are poorly fed.

“He has been locked up in the guard room since yesterday (Wednesday) morning.”

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