Some soldiers of 29 Battalion based in Port Harcourt who served in various units under Operation Lafiya Dole have returned to their main unit amidst cheers and jubilation from their families and friends.
The return of the soldiers to their base follows a rotation policy being implemented by the chief of army staff (COAS), Lieutenant General TY Buratai, to ensure that soldiers who have overstayed operating in the northeast are sent back home and replaced by fresh deployments.
According to a statement by Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, the deputy director army public relations, 6 division, the troops had served in various units under Operation Lafiya Dole where they contributed immensely to the successes of routing out and defeat of the Boko Haram terrorists in the north east.
When welcoming the troops back to their base, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 division Nigerian Army, Major General EO Udoh, applauded the soldiers for their selfless sacrifices to the nation.
General Udoh enjoined them to pray for their colleagues who are still in the theatre for God’s protection and continued victory over the remnants of the enemies of our great nation, Boko Haram terrorists.
The GOC further reassured the troops on their welfare and that of their families. He also enjoined the troops to remain professional in discharging their duties with the love of their country at heart as they would soon be deployed for the division’s routine operations after their disembarkation leave.
According to the army, the rotation of overstayed soldiers in Operation Lafiya Dole is ongoing as more troops are being inducted while those that stayed long are de-inducted from the theatre of operations.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has assured soldiers fighting insurgency in the north-east of adequate medical care and support.
This was made known by the acting corps commander medical of the Nigerian Army, Clifford Wanda, on Tuesday, August 8.
Wanda, a brigadier general while visiting some of the wounded soldiers of Operation Lafiya Dole at the 7 Divison Medical Services and Hospital (DMSH) in Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri commended the soldiers for their bravery.
Wanda, accompanied by some other senior military officers of the medical corps also made a tour of the facility in the 7 Division Hospital. He said his visit was aimed at familiarizing and ascertaining the performance of the medical personnel and equipment deployed to the region.