“Definitely, you are the ones that will make it nearer and sweeter.”
Buratai expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for his continued support, political will and guidance, which made the modest accomplishment (routing of terrorists from Baga and other areas) possible.
He prayed for the repose of the souls of the fallen heroes and wish all those wounded in action speedy recovery.
He added: “Once more, I am proud of you all, you should continue to be motivated, maintain the momentum and the fight against the criminal terrorists until you clear them out anywhere they are hibernating on our territory.
“Well done our gallant troops, sustain the offensive and be assured of our total support.”
The army chief specifically commended the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Benson Akinroluyo; Commander, newly created Nigerian Army Special Forces Command, Major General M.G. Alli; and Commander Sector 3 Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General O.T. Akinjobi.
Others who received his commendation were Commander 707 Special Forces Brigade, Brigadier General D.O. Donibo; Commander of Integrated Fire Support Centre, Brigadier General B.R. Sinjen; Chief of Staff, Nigerian Army Special Forces Command, Brigadier General M.L.D. Saraso; and Commander of NASFC Military Intelligence Brigadier General A.A. Idris.
Also, he commended Commander, Integrated Logistic, Colonel C. Ochimana; Commander of the Armed Forces Special Forces, Commander (Nigerian Navy) G.B. Osuobeni; and Commanding Officer of 123 Battalion, Major L.A. Balogun.
Buratai also commended Commanding Officer of Army Headquarters Strike Group, Major M.T. Nasiru.
“My special commendation goes to all the gallant officers and soldiers, ratings, airmen and the Civilian JTF that fought tirelessly and supported in liberating all those areas infested by the criminal Boko Haram terrorists,” he said.