IT was a historic event on Wednesday, when Ni- gerian soldiers led by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, and his principal staff officers, hoisted the Nigerian flag at Gamboru in Gamboru/Ngala, Local Government Area of Borno State.
The flag was hoisted at exactly 5:01pm after a.......
ceremonial military parade by the soldiers who sang the national anthem along with journalists covering the ceremony while the it was being raised.
Residents of the town, who are currently taking refuge at Fotokol, a boarder town in Cameroun, trooped out in their thousands to cheer the soldiers as they sang and clapped in jubilation during the ceremony.
The residents, who could not control their joy, ran to the river bank separating Nigeria and Cameroon in wild jubilation and beckoned on the troops, who later went over to the bridge to cel- ebrate with them.
The town, which had been under the adminis- tration of Boko Haram insurgents for over five years, was initially recaptured by Chadian and Nigerien soldiers, who later withdrew from the town, when they could no longer withstand the superior firing power of the terrorists, but finally taken over by the Nigerian troops, last Tuesday.
In his address at the occasion, an elated Lieu- tenant-General Buratai, said, “we are here to re- assert our territorial integrity as enshrined in the constitution and we will not allow any bunch of criminals to take over our land.”
Buratai, who was full of praises for the Nige- rian military, commended the soldiers for their bravery, determination and courage in the counter insurgency fight and assured that no Nigerian town will be taken by the terrorists again.
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