Buratai warns Nigerian Army commanders of grave consequences should they abandon their positions in the face of Boko Haram insurgents.

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has warned Nigerian Army commanders of grave consequences should they abandon their positions in the face of firepower from Boko Haram insurgents.

In a memo, sent to all commanders at all levels, formations and locations in the nine-year-long war against militants across Nigeria’s North-east, was a direct response to the recent killing and maiming of soldiers and officers by terrorists, amidst renewed fears of a resurgent Boko Haram.

Buratai said that the recent occurrences in “Operation Lafiya Dole” “where units abandon their positions cowardly in the face of action” from Boko Haram terrorists “without reasonable resistance is worrisome, adding that it “portrayed” them as incompetent and cowardly.

At least two officers and 43 soldiers have been killed in Boko Haram attacks on military targets between July 13 and 26, a shocking setback that sent the country’s top military brass very angry.

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