The reality of a Nigerian Soldier in the corridor of terrorism: A true story

By an Unknown Soldier.

Imagine for a minute that you are a trained soldier. A Lieutenant.
You have a wife and two kids.
Now, imagine that during the quarterly rotation, you were sent to Bornu to fight insurgency (Boko Haram). On this fateful day, as you were moving with your platoon.
There was an ambush.

Gunfire ensued. You shot with all you’ve got. You know that you have a slim chance of surviving the attack. As you were running out of ammo, you called John, your buddy, for a fresh supply. No response.
You glanced and saw John’s head split into two halves.

By your left is Barry, his torso turn and one of his arms lying 10 ft away. With nothing to fight with, you made a run for it and took a deep dive into the abandoned crater while bullets were getting fired at you. You passed out.
When you woke, you saw yourself in the hospital.

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The doctor came in.

“Officer, you are awake, we did emergency surgery. We had to amputate you”
โ€œWe are sorryโ€.
You then asked.
‘What of my teammates?”
“Well, you lost 18 men and 2 survivors”, the doctor replied. “You and Barry.
Barry is still in intensive care.”

Now, 3 months later, at the defense headquarters.
Your commanding officer, General Gida told you. “You are back, lieutenant “
“Good news!
We rounded up all the terrorists that attacked your platoon after in another battle confrontation.”
They are now in rehabilitation centers.

“Can I see them?” you asked
You got wheeled to the center.
They opened the door.
And yes.
‘There they are!’
Across the hall, Young men in white flowing gowns were eating Jollof rice with multiple chicken parts.
Some were drinking wine.
Laughter filled the air.
Having a ball.
You were told they will soon be taken abroad on scholarship.
Government – sponsored.

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As you were getting back to the general’s office.
Just outside the defense headquarters gate, you saw the wives of your team, now widowed,
as they agitate with high voices and placards.

“We have been abandoned!”
“Pay us our husband’s benefits!”
“We are hungry”
Just imagine all that.

This is the new reality of a Nigerian Soldier in the corridor of terrorism.

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu
IPOB leader


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