Monday, 2 May 2016

My convoy was attacked by Shiites with petrol bombs – LG Buratai

In regards to the assassination attempt on Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai in December 2015, the chief of army staff, has said that members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, who belong to the Shiites movement, layed an ambush on his convoy with petrol bombs in Zaria, Kaduna state, Daily Post reports.

Buratai made this revelation when he received Air Commodore Yusuf Anas (rtd), the Executive Secretary of the Centre for Crisis Communication, who led the management of the centre to pay him a courtesy visit in his office.

The army chief also stated that the troops of the Nigerian Army were gallant patriots who had the interest of the corporate existence and integrity of the Nigerian state at heart and have sworn to do anything and everything possible, including laying down their lives, in order to the defend the country.

Buratai said: “The Army will henceforth ensure that gallant soldiers who die in action are given a publicized befitting burial with full military honours.

“In fact, even if it means conducting it in arrears, we will ensure that our fallen heroes are given befitting national burials. Aside from that, we have also ensured that immediate family members of our fallen officers and soldiers receive prompt payment of all their entitlements and other welfare supports.”

He further noted that the Nigerian troops were engaged in various operations across the country in line with its constitutional responsibility.

Buratai on the recent face-off with the Shiites group in Zaria, maintained the Army’s position saying that there was nothing like premeditated murder of some of the sect’s members as alleged by such groups as Amnesty International.

He said: “How can anybody accuse a responsible armed agency of government of murder?

“On the contrary, the people were attacking the soldiers with petroleum bomb and other weapons. In actual fact, not all of them knew how to handle Molotov they were trying to use it against the Army and it back fired on them.”

Air Commodore Yusuf Anas (Rtd), the Executive Secretary of the Centre for Crisis Communication, in his remarks earlier commended the Nigerian Army for its unwavering commitment to the defence of the country from external aggression and internal insurrection.

Source- Daily Post

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