Whereas Nigerians mourned and the navy hoisted its flag at half-mast over the killing of six Nigerian soldiers in a fierce fight with Boko Haram insurgents in mid-July, the commander overseeing the battle was busy staging a lavish party to have fun his newest promotion.
Bulama Biu, the final officer commanding, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, based mostly in Maiduguri, was elevated as a major-general on July 9 based mostly on his “extraordinary feats, exemplary leadership, commitment and valour,” in keeping with a navy assertion which cited President Muhammadu Buhari’s causes for the popularity.
On July 17, Mr Biu spoke about his promotion in an open message to Boko Haram insurgents, admonishing them to “celebrate” with him or threat being worn out.
“I want to assure them that I have returned to Maiduguri more reinvigorated, well energised,” the army chief was quoted by Sahara Reporters as saying.
However round 6:00 p.m. on July 17, barely hours after Mr Biu’s media deal with on the theatre command headquarters in Maiduguri, Nigerian soldiers got here underneath assault about 50 kilometres away in Jakana, a midsize city which Boko Haram has lengthy used as a base alongside the Maiduguri-Damaturu Freeway.
The fierce fight ended with at the very least six soldiers killed, and several other Boko Haram fighters gunned down. A colonel and a captain have been amongst those that lost their lives.
Dozens of soldiers who have been severely wounded within the assault have been taken to the navy hospital in Maiduguri.
However as Nigerians mourned with the households of the departed courageous officers, Mr Biu threw a party in Maiduguri, inviting high politicians just like the governor of Borno State as visitors.
PREMIUM TIMES obtained a flyer of the occasion and an image of Mr Biu sharing a desk with the governor.
Mr Biu didn’t return PREMIUM TIMES‘ requests for feedback on the matter.
The spokespersons for the Defence Headquarters and the Nigerian Army Headquarters, Onyema Nwachukwu and Sagir Musa, additionally didn’t return separate requests for feedback for greater than every week.
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