By: Okosun Dennis
For putting his life on the line and rescued accident victims whose vehicle was gutted by fire, the Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd), has gifted a Private soldier, Isa Umar, N500,000.
Pte Umar, who is of the Nigerian Army School of Legal Service Zaria, Kaduna State, was also conferred with the prestigious Chief of Army Staff award for gallantly saving the lives of fellow Nigerians.
The Minister of Defence, who conferred the commendation awards at the occasion of the 2020 Nigerian Army Day of Honour which coincided with its 157 anniversary and the launch of a Compendium of Army Transformation titled: ”The Buratai years 2015 -2020″ was held at the NA Special Super Camp, 8 Division, Nigerian Army, described the soldier as “a patriotic and selfless Nigerian who should be emulated by others.”
He also used the occasion to flag off the Land Force of “Exercise Sahel Sanity.”
According to the Special Assistant Media and Publicity to the Minister of Defence, Mohammad Abdulkadri, said in Abuja on Sunday that the objective of “Operation Sahel Sanity” is to “decisively clean up the General Area of Operation where the activities of bandits” can no longer be tolerated.
The Minister expressed optimism that the task to flush out the bandits is achievable going by the support and political will of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Military and the Para-Military organizations prosecuting the campaigns.
He observed that the soldier was rewarded for “gallantly putting his life on the line to save the lives of endangered occupants of a bus that was gutted by fire, which he painstakingly carried out one after the other as the victims were trapped inside helpless in a thick inferno. He almost paid with his dear life as he sustained injury.
“It was also a bold demonstration of the Federal Government’s commitment, acknowledgement and encouragement of troop’s valour in battles and for the troops to remain committed to the National aspirations to end insurgency and banditry in the country.
General Magashi who had arrived the venue with a NAF Helicopter received Operational briefs after the ceremonial salute before proceeding to officially launch the Compendium on the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Buratai’s achievements, which he described as “uncommon achievements and exemplary leadership of the service.”