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Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by uptimumOne23(m): 9:51am On Jan 13
A Must Read

Note : Long Thread


Bravery

6 May 17, I was privileged to fly on the last chopper that brought back the released Chibok girls. Seeing the girls - young, naive BUT broken, was a reminder of how cruel man is. When we touched down, I stayed with them briefly in the C-130 before the Abuja lap.

Military medics began basic checks, deworming them and tending their wounds. There was one particular girl who had lost a leg. She said the Air Force had hit BHT positions & during the strike she lost a leg. I stared at her, wishing it was a dream.

Sitting beside her was another girl - the bravest girl I ever met. For the purpose of this thread, let us call her 'N'. N kept a daily journal of what happened everyday at the BH camp. I snapped as many pages as I could. The girls attested that she was the leader of the pack.

Right under Boko Haram's nose, every night, after the terrorists had ordered them for 'lights out', she would organise the girls for prayers & morning devotion the next day. I found myself smiling sheepishly at this. This is faith. This is bravery.

When the medics were done & we were notified that the C-130 would depart for Abuja, N made a signal & all the girls sat up, crossed their legs & bend their heads. N led them in prayers. I would later learn that this was their routine when there was danger or the bombs dropped.

As the C-130 ascended to Abuja to hand them to Mr President, I looked. A pilot who had flown the chopper was sitting on the tarmac, red-eyed.

It took a soldier to talk us to leaving the tarmac that day. We were just heaving like bereaved men.

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by uptimumOne23(m): 9:53am On Jan 13
'Sarkin Yakin Damboa'


The people of Damboa called him Sarkin Yaki (King of War). But Captain MM Hassan was much more. BHT dreaded him to the extent that Shekau placed a 10 million Naira bounty on him.

Hassan was tough as a nail. 2 years after his death in 2018, I met a corporal in Gwoza, who drove him for most of his operations. The soldier was smiling all through & he said something that touched me.
'Sarki dey smile everytime. E talk say nothing worth person cry'.

He said MM Hassan was the toughest officer he ever knew.

"I happy say I pass through that Oga."

He told me of an incident where Hassan fought through an ambush to rescue him. After then, he never thought Hassan was human until 5 Janary 2018.

On 5 January 2018, MM Hassan died from a detonated grenade in the midst of gunfight with terrorists. May his soul continue to rest in peace.

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by Fahdiga(m): 9:56am On Jan 13
What a brave soldier in MM Hassan. At times we use to forget that soldiers are human like us sacrificing their lives to protect us but I don't support southern soldiers fighting a northern made problem and loosing their lives
Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by uptimumOne23(m): 9:58am On Jan 13
'041116: My Longest Day Ever'


I remember how excited I was to see Lt Col Abu Ali the first time. He was a Major then. Stories of him sounded like folklore, like war stories brought to life. People talked of his sheer brilliance & sacrifice for his men.

So, the first day I met him he actually came from Mallam Fatori to Maiduguri to collect supplies for his unit. Sounds strange. A Major? Coming to the city to take supplies for soldiers? This is not typical of senior officers. It is one task they would delegate.

I was also surprised by his frame. Man was lanky and very quiet. But you saw the fight in him. He embodies the military song, 'Small body, Big Mind'. He didn't talk much.

When he was leaving, after a brief discussion, he breathed, 'We will win'.

In 2015, BHT carried out one of its bloodiest attacks in Baga, killing numbers so much that it was covered up till today. As far as the battlefield is concerned, we would always credit Abu Ali for taking that town back.

I woke up to a text on 5 November that the officer was killed in a dawn attack on Mallam Fatori. This was 2 weeks after I encountered him. His men eventually beat back Boko Haram but his death still cuts deep.

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by uptimumOne23(m): 9:59am On Jan 13
During his procession, I saw generals cried. The COAS wept. His death rocked the Presidency. He defined patriotism.

May his soul continue to rest in peace. Amen.

'In your words, we will win'.

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by Hardgun: 10:00am On Jan 13
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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by uptimumOne23(m): 10:02am On Jan 13
Eyes from Above

I was in Rann in 2016, before the mishap on the IDPs. The Armed Forces maintain strategic outposts to protect the interest of the country. The one in Rann is one of such.

Cut off from the country and so close to Cameroon, Rann is a flat land. You could see as your eyes would let you. A company of soldiers stay there, mainly as a buffer.

When I got there, I confessed my fear that it was easy for BHT to overrun us. The CO swore that BHT had never succeeded & would never succeed because of one reason.

'The Airforce. We get eyes for up o.'

He talked about how Alpha Jets took out 8 guntrucks in April 2015 when BHT tried attacking them.

"Boko Haram will prefer to see 100 AA guns than to see one of those jets. Anytime I see the jets, I know I am sleeping well that night.'

That night, I rekindled my love for tea. I was given lemongrass tea. Damn! I stayed awake all night. When my watch shone 1145pm, I remember the CO pointing to the skies to a distant Beechcraft plane.

"My sleep will be long today'.

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by Freestainworld(m): 10:04am On Jan 13
God bless all the gallant soldiers who sincerely fighting this battle.

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by uptimumOne23(m): 10:05am On Jan 13
Khaki Angels

One set of soldiers I admire are the medics. Highly trained, thoroughly professional, these folks work in your regular city & hardest of grounds.

The Air Force established hospitals for IDPs in frontline communities of Dalori & Bama. Over 100k patients are attended to on these facilities.

In 2018, I witnessed miracle in Dalori. An Air Force ophthalmologist performed 132 pterygium in a day. One of the women, Iya Kaka, wept when she was discharged days after. It was the first time she would see after 12 years. She couldn't stop praying for the Chief of Air Staff.

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by Nobody: 10:06am On Jan 13
just one statement op

If you a southern fighting northerners Islamic civil war you are the biggest fool

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by uptimumOne23(m): 10:09am On Jan 13
As we celebrate this year's Armed Forces Remembrance Day, I pray for the safety of all military personnel as they carry on gallantly, doing this job - the most difficult job in the world. God bless you.

https://mobile.twitter.com/Google_12point7/status/1349052649937793029

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by Fahdiga(m): 10:10am On Jan 13
What a great read

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by uptimumOne23(m): 10:13am On Jan 13
Mikehot:
just one statement op

If you a southern fighting northerners Islamic civil war you are the biggest fool

What you need to realise is that if the North is not secure, sooner or later the war is gonna come down south.

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by forgiveness: 10:15am On Jan 13
Intriguing.
Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by Nobody: 10:21am On Jan 13
uptimumOne23:


What you need to realise is that if the North is not secure, sooner or later the war is gonna come down south.
which war, it takes two to tangle.

Boko Haram would be needing alot of co-operation with the indegenes to carry any act.

South east, south south value lives, they are hardly Islamic.

So tell me how Boko Haram would thrive here.



By the time Boko Haram crosses Abuja there won't even be a country called one Nigeria that is aiding these terrorists, it would be all out war with no quota system restraint (don't forget Niger Delta funds this corntree)

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by kozmokaz(m): 10:31am On Jan 13
uptimumOne23:


What you need to realise is that if the North is not secure, sooner or later the war is gonna come down south.


Op if you are a soldier , I do pray you stay safe

But saying boko haram gonna be down south , that would spell doom for the sect !

The reason why hey seem to be thriving over there is cause those folks and the government are still living large on the spoils of this war ...

Trust southerners to mobilize themselves and go on offensive if this shit is going down in the south !
But up north , they are still playing politics with people’s lives


Remain blessed soldier
22AK

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by privaldo: 10:38am On Jan 13
May Abu Ali's soul rest on, and may God protect his child and wife. The memories are still fresh.

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by Originakalokalo(m): 10:43am On Jan 13
God bless the armed forces.

Soldiers, please give your life to Christ so that after death you are certain of eternity.

It is very important.

This goes to every living soul on Earth.

You are lucky to be alive....use the opportunity well and save yourself from eternal damnation.

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by uptimumOne23(m): 10:43am On Jan 13
Mikehot:
which war, it takes two to tangle.

Boko Haram would be needing alot of co-operation with the indegenes to carry any act.

South east, south south value lives, they are hardly Islamic.

So tell me how Boko Haram would thrive here.



By the time Boko Haram crosses Abuja there won't even be a country called one Nigeria that is aiding these terrorists, it would be all out war with no quota system restraint (don't forget Niger Delta funds this corntree)

Your making me laugh

Even almighty America won't say this...Ask yourself what America is doing fighting the Taliban's and Al-Qaida in Afghanistan, ISIS in Iraq And Syria, Terrorists in Pakistan just to name a few.

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by Racoon(m): 10:48am On Jan 13
Rest in peace fallen heroes.You sacrificed for fatherland but there is no peace yet.As for those who still have their boots on, may you all find courage to move on guys.

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by Nobody: 10:49am On Jan 13
uptimumOne23:


Your making me laugh

Even almighty America won't say this...Ask yourself what America is doing fighting the Taliban's and Al-Qaida in Afghanistan, ISIS in Iraq And Syria, Terrorists in Pakistan just to name a few.
If America don't fight war how would they utilize or sell the massive arsenal they got.

Why isn't UK, Canada, Australia and fellow western countries obsessed with Islamic terrorists in middle East like America.


They are all western Christian super powers like America too, the answer is very simple.




Good luck in your fight Sha whether north or south i pray you stay alive

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by Liposure: 10:53am On Jan 13
God bless every gallant soldier out there fighting for the survival of this great nation. We are winning this war.

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by Psalmy2cute(m): 11:00am On Jan 13
Mikehot:
just one statement op

If you a southern fighting northerners Islamic civil war you are the biggest fool
As a fellow southerner like yourself...
Pls do not derail this thread with your stupidity thank you in advance

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by Nobody: 11:05am On Jan 13
Psalmy2cute:

As a fellow southerner like yourself...
Pls do not derail this thread with your stupidity thank you in advance
I would allow the op continue even though i have a right to speak about this sham (fight against Islamic terrorists) designed to waste the resources from my region that can be used for better purpose

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by CodeTemplar: 11:10am On Jan 13
The war is a scam war triggered by the stupidity of the army, police and ruling class in the first place. They went into Maiduguri and dragged out civilians wrongly tagged as BH to be shot. They did this in their usual manner of recklessness thinking it will crush the 'bloody civilians' as usual.

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by Psalmy2cute(m): 11:13am On Jan 13
Mikehot:
I would allow the op continue even though i have a right to speak about this sham (fight against Islamic terrorists) designed to waste the resources from my region that can be used for better purpose
And you think if the problem is not curtailed in the north.. then the south is safe.?? Its only a matter of time.. the Philippines is a major Christian country.. they have just a community of muslim population in the entire country.. but even as small as the muslim community is. Islamic terrorist were able to invade them which led to the fight against ISIS in Marawi ... think before you type.. even if southern nigeria is a separate country.. if we fold our hands and say the war in the north is not our business.. its only a matter of time before it gets to us.. you're forgetting we also have indigenous muslims in the south??




Mynd44 pls move to front page

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by Litmus: 11:14am On Jan 13
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Lt Col Abu Ali, deceased, had what is called the Thousand Yards Stare, brave man by all accounts; may the Nigeria dead all rest in peace.

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by Psalmy2cute(m): 11:15am On Jan 13
Honestly I dislike how the northerners practice islam.. if they were the only muslim population in the entire world.. then I would say islam is not a religion worth practicing.. but we have good Islamic countries like.. Malaysia Burundi Turkey just to name a few..
Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by Kayberg: 11:15am On Jan 13
Some comments here amuse me.
The OP sounds as a soldier with real experience. Even if he denies it, it's normal.

Who told you guys that Boko Haram is not yet in the South? If you're someone who lacks foresight, lacks observation capacity, lacks discernment capability, you'd say Boko Haram is not in the South, but cut the crap, Boko Haram is already in the South, but in disguise.

Their scouts are going round the South as cobblers, tailors, knife sharperners, herders, sugarcane sellers, water melon sellers, condemned iron/aluminium dealers and every trades that allows free movement.

I'm sorry the Southern governors are still playing politics with the safety and security of their zones. But one day, eyes will be cleared, but I just pray they do not begin their strike from Lagos in order to cripple the Southwest.

I pray may GOD give Nigeria freedom from this evil it plunged itself into and save the lives of our military personnel.

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by uptimumOne23(m): 11:21am On Jan 13
Mikehot:
If America don't fight war how would they utilize or sell the massive arsenal they got.

Why isn't UK, Canada, Australia and fellow western countries obsessed with Islamic terrorists in middle East like America.


They are all western Christian super powers like America too, the answer is very simple.




Good luck in your fight Sha whether north or south i pray you stay alive

But still yet, these European countries you mentioned face some form of terrorist attacks every year.

Are you aware France are in Libya anda Syria, German troop was also deployed recently to some countries,we also have the UK,Russians.

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Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by Nobody: 11:23am On Jan 13
Psalmy2cute:

And you think if the problem is not curtailed in the north.. then the south is safe.?? Its only a matter of time.. the Philippines is a major Christian country.. they have just a community of muslim population in the entire country.. but even as small as the muslim community is. Islamic terrorist were able to invade them which led to the fight against ISIS in Marawi ... think before you type.. even if southern nigeria is a separate country.. if we fold our hands and say the war in the north is not our business.. its only a matter of time before it gets to us.. you're forgetting we also have indigenous muslims in the south??




Mynd44 pls move to front page
My Yoruba Muslim friend, you are the one derailing this one Nigeria thread


I am done talking
Re: Boko Haram - Soldier Shares Insights On His Encounters In The War Front by Psalmy2cute(m): 11:29am On Jan 13
Mikehot:
My Yoruba Muslim friend, you are the one derailing this one Nigeria thread


I am done talking
So because I dont support your hateful view.. you already calling me a yoruba muslim.. smh.. typical ipob behaviour.. I'm not muslim nor yoruba

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