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Boko Haram: Stop ‘secret’ burial of fallen soldiers, BBOG tells Nigerian government

A pressure group, Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), has asked the federal government to stop the secret burial of soldiers killed on the battlefield.

In a statement signed by its leaders, Oby Ezekwesili, Aisha Yesufu and Florence Ozor, the group made this call while reacting to photos of mass burial of some fallen soldiers days after the Nigerian military denied its soldiers were attacked.

PREMIUM TIMES had reported how the Nigerian military denied that about 23 soldiers and eight trucks went missing after the troops suffered an ambush attack by Boko Haram gunmen in Bama local government area of Borno State on July 16.

The attack which occurred three days earlier, was not made public by the military until the media published it.

A spokesperson for the Nigeria Army, Texas Chukwu, who confirmed the incident, had said it was “blown out of proportion by the media”.

In its statement, the BBOG, which has been championing the return of abducted Chibok schoolgirls since 2014 described the military’s denial as unfortunate.

“Were Nigerians not told that the military has won the war? What then is the reason for the escalation of attacks by the terrorists and the heightened loss of life of citizens and our soldiers?

“The #BringBackOurGirls Advocacy has been consistent in voicing the correlation between the wellbeing of our troops, the rescue of our #ChibokGirls and the end of the insurgency.

”It is therefore disheartening that several months after the federal government’s announcement that Boko Haram has been technically defeated, we see pictures of a mass burial for our troops, killed by Boko Haram,” part of the statement read.

 

 

– Premium Times

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About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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