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TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by jazzy4naija(m): 11:21am On Jun 18, 2016
Muhammed Abu Ali is the name. You may have heard about him before: he is the officer who was granted accelerated promotion from rank of major to lieutenant-colonel in September 2015, for his courageous performance in a series of the army’s engagements with Boko Haram.

His elevation was first announced shortly after one of the army’s fiercest-ever battles with Boko Haram, in February 2015, culminating in the recapture of Baga from insurgents. But the official decoration was delayed until September when, after another monumental success — the capture of Gamboru-Ngala — Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, visited the war front.

During that decoration, Buratai praised Ali for his “courage, bravery and exceptional performance in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists”.

Tukur is not alone in his opinion; and it has now emerged that even soldiers, majority of whom have built an unwanted reputation for always criticising the army hierarchy, have tremendous respect for Ali’s professionalism.

PUREST GOLD FROM MIRY CLAY

For all of the army’s hardline public relations tactic, discontent is high among soldiers and officers DIRECTLY involved in the ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ (peace by force) in Borno state. But as Ali’s example shows, good work and truth require no trumpet; they always find their way to the public.

During TheCable’s recent investigative trip to the theatre of war, the first mention of Ali came at a time a sergeant was complaining about the crude equipment and archaic manner with which the army was prosecuting the war.

“Yes, the problem is that the Nigerian army still has this archaic idea of fighting, relying more in the numerical strength of its troops rather than on equipment,” he had said.

“There is nowhere in the world, a civilised or modernised army, where they want to lose soldiers in large numbers again, and that is where you need these equipment.

“If you have good equipment, it will reduce the number of casualities on your side but if the weapons are not there and you want to use the number of your soldiers, then definitely you are going to suffer casualties.”

He then cited the example of the recapture of Baga, but he was quick to recognise Ali’s “brilliance” in its success — even though the original intention was not to praise the officer.

“In the case of tanks, what one tank can do, 200 soldiers cannot do it; 300 soldiers cannot do it if the tank is functional and serviceable,” he said.

“In the case Baga, when it was recaptured from Boko Haram, the officer who led that operation, Abu Ali, a major at the time, told the soldiers that they should not worry, that they should only do five percent of the job, that he was going to do 95% of the job with the tanks.

“And that was exactly what happened. He did most of the work with the tanks. He was a major at that time and his promotion after the operation was automatic because he performed very well. One smallish guy like that o.

“After they recaptured Baga, the soldiers were so happy that they raised him up, telling the president to elevate him to the status of colonel, not even lieutenant-colonel, because he really performed; he tried. Even recent operations in Sambisa Forest, he led some of them.”

RESPECTED BY SOLDIERS

Ali’s elevation was not just the decision of the chief of army staff or the rest of the army hierarchy; the soldiers fully supported it. According to a soldier who witnessed his “leadership qualities” in Baga, and two others who were with him in Sambisa, soldiers were generally “very happy for him”.

“He led us with the T-72 when we advanced to Monguno and Baga, and he collected those places,” he said.

According to Wikipedia, the T-72 is a Soviet second-generation main battle tank that entered production in 1971. About 20,000 T-72 tanks were built, making it one of the most widely produced post-World War II tanks, second only to the T-54/55 family.



There have been at least three upgrades to the tank, the most popular being in 1988 and 1995, although they are unavailable in Nigeria.

A second soldier who extolled Ali’s virtues said: “After he collected those places [Baga and Monguno] in 2015, they brought someone else to replace him and they took him to Sambisa area; we went with him to Sambisa.

“He is a brilliant fighter. When he began hanging his promotion emblem officially on September 9, we were together on that day and we were all very happy for him.”

A third soldier, who had spent time with him in Sambisa, went as far as touting him as a potential helmsman of the army: “The man is very active; very active. And he is a very calm and intelligent person. He doesn’t brag, he knows his job and he is very simple.

“He is a future chief of army staff, if I may say, but he has to be wary of the corruption that is the shortcoming of many good hands in the army.”

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

It is interesting to know that Muhammed Abu Ali is the son of Colonel Abu Ali, who was governor of Bauchi state from August 1990 to January 1992 during the military regime of Ibrahim Babangida.

At this rate, no one would want to bet against the younger Ali surpassing his father’s achievements. He is already a lieutenant-colonel and should he continue his anti-Boko Haram heriocs, it won’t be long before he earns another elevation to the status of colonel, which his father was before retiring.

From then on, anything — just anything — is possible!

https://www.thecable.ng/.V2Tdwh1mcmo.w

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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by AlPeter: 11:35am On Jun 18, 2016
Nice one. It's good to see we still have good soldiers in the NA but op bia why don't add the link and maybe we can force uncle Lalasticlala down here

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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by AfroMighty(m): 12:00pm On Jun 18, 2016
WELDONE SIR

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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by edo3(m): 12:02pm On Jun 18, 2016
When i first saw Lt.col Abu Ali,,i thought in my mind that this must be a mistaken identity,,but when i read further,,i realised his the one..Oh what can i say?? I had a close chat with him back then at port harcourt,,bori camp to be precised..He is indeed a great man,,greatness is not measured by ur size or height cause lacks these two attributes,,but greatness is in the mind..I tabled some of my challenges before him,,and without looking back,,he put a smile on my face..I never knew he had a military background except for NMS and NDA,,so d father too was a retired offr??Oh what an humble man..Oga sir,,u shall continue to soar like eagle sir..Joy and happiness would make ur home its best friend sir..tnx for everytn sir..

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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by Fairgodwin(m): 12:40pm On Jun 18, 2016
I've heard about him before though. But I pray God keeps keeping him safe - for he's one of our finest, at least, for now..
Oh, how I love the Army!

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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by strangest(m): 12:41pm On Jun 18, 2016
Okay
Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by realone2012: 12:42pm On Jun 18, 2016
Kudos!!!

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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by marwanafrica(m): 12:42pm On Jun 18, 2016
God will fight your battles too

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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by salabscholar01(m): 12:42pm On Jun 18, 2016
ok
Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by HAH: 12:43pm On Jun 18, 2016
Hard work pays

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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by bqlekan(m): 12:43pm On Jun 18, 2016
God bless this Gallant soldier.

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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by Nobody: 12:44pm On Jun 18, 2016
Leadership by Example it is! Keep On!


Proverbs 22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; He shall not stand before mean men

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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by dreamwords: 12:45pm On Jun 18, 2016
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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by kelvyn7(m): 12:46pm On Jun 18, 2016
shocked

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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by CaptainBomb(m): 12:46pm On Jun 18, 2016
Boko haram slayer

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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by sidebayo(m): 12:46pm On Jun 18, 2016
omo naija sef get Rambo, God punish Boko Haram!!!

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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by ucheHapers(m): 12:48pm On Jun 18, 2016
Man of valour

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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by omoijesa(m): 12:48pm On Jun 18, 2016
Job well done the gallant one

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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by OmichaelO: 12:49pm On Jun 18, 2016
Interesting!! So We Still Have Humble Soldiers.

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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by CaptainBomb(m): 12:49pm On Jun 18, 2016
boss
Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by Jalubarika(m): 12:51pm On Jun 18, 2016
I don't know him but I'm sure he has been affecting lives positively and Boko Boiz negatively.
Meanwhile..

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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by mondbest(m): 12:52pm On Jun 18, 2016
Nice one


The guy above the poster above me though dont you always get tired of this ur scam?
Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by instinctg(m): 12:53pm On Jun 18, 2016
CaptainBomb:
Rip boss
where you told that he is dead? simple comprehension you don't have

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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by push23: 12:53pm On Jun 18, 2016
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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by engrdonatus: 12:54pm On Jun 18, 2016
This story is bored.
#no suspens,
#no action ,
haba #lalasticlala
Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by Ademusiwa1: 12:58pm On Jun 18, 2016
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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by Lawalemi(m): 12:59pm On Jun 18, 2016
With morale boost, our soldiers will be exceptional
Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by Dollyak(f): 1:00pm On Jun 18, 2016
edo3:
When i first saw Lt.col Abu Ali,,i thought in my mind that this must be a mistaken identity,,but when i read further,,i realised his the one..Oh what can i say?? I had a close chat with him back then at port harcourt,,bori camp to be precised..He is indeed a great man,,greatness is not measured by ur size or height cause lacks these two attributes,,but greatness is in the mind..I tabled some of my challenges before him,,and without looking back,,he put a smile on my face..I never knew he had a military background except for NMS and NDA,,so d father too was a retired offr??Oh what an humble man..Oga sir,,u shall continue to soar like eagle sir..Joy and happiness would make ur home its best friend sir..tnx for everytn sir..
Nice tribute. Thanks for sharing

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Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by sleam: 1:00pm On Jun 18, 2016
So OP, what are you trying to say? Tribal bigot!
Why can't we just celebrate and pray for the military irrespective of whom heads which operation.
Re: TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, Lt Col Who ‘doesn’t Brag’ But Is Killing Off Boko Haram by Confessor2016: 1:03pm On Jun 18, 2016
Thumbs up.



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