Nigeria Celebrates One of its Courageous Soldier
Today Nigeria celebrates one of its courageous soldier as he marks his day. Lt Col MD Abdulsalam was the Commanding Officer of 121 Battalion in Pulka. Due to the proximity of his location to the dreaded Sambisa forest his Battalion was a prime target of the BokoHaram Terrorist but he along with his troops stood firm and resolute to achieve their objective displaying extraordinary bravery and determination to succeed in the assigned task. He led the battle to dislodge the terrorists from the town of Ngoshe during Operation Crackdown and Operation Rescue Finale which resulted in the freedom of thousands of hostages held by the BokoHaram Terrorists. His Battalion also recovered lots of arms and ammunitions and arrested some of the fleeing insurgents. Despite the difficult terrain and weather conditions in his area of operations, he secured the main supply route between Pulka and Gwoza, Pulka and Banki Junction and also coordinated escort patrols for humanitarian relief and for the general public. With the support of the Army Headquarters and 26 Task Force Brigade, Lt Col Abdulsalam’s civil military cooperation activities has become a model in the Nigerian Army. Besides securing and defending the people of Pulka from BokoHaram attacks, his Battalion won the hearts and minds of the people by providing vocational training and empowerment projects in Agriculture, Tailoring, Poultry and Soap making. Proceeds from implemented projects are distributed back to the community to improve welfare. His Battalion also repaired the damaged borehole and provided water tanks and pipes to channel water to the whole community powered by a generator. His Battalion provided health care and counselling services to the people of Pulka and its environs too. Abdulsalam’s gallantry and humanitarian projects earned his Battalion a visit by the American Think Tank Research Institute ‘Atlantic Council’ to explore his feats first hand. Lt Col MD Abdulsalam is a living hero worthy of celebration and we shall continue to share his story to inspire others too who are serving us selflessly. We appreciate the efforts of our living heroes and we shall sing their praises while they are still alive. Happy Birthday Lt Col Murtala Danjuma Abdulsalam aka Sarkin Yaki aka WarLord, we are damn proud of you.
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