The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, has recounted how he was ambushed in the north-east of the country by terrorists in 2015.
Buratai gave the account of his first ambush as army chief on Tuesday during the commissioning of a bridge constructed at Kuta in Osun State by the Nigeria Army Engineering Construct Regiment, Ede.
He revealed that it was his deputy, General Lamidi Adeosun mobilised troops to counter the terrorists who attacked him in September 2015.
Buratai said: “When I had the first ambush, he was with me in the vehicle, by my side and I could see the courage he exhibited. He was able to mobilise the troops to counter the bandits, the criminals, the terrorists out of the way.
“When I was appointed as the Chief of Army Staff, I met Lamidi Adeosun at the North-East, I met Adeosun as the commander of operations there and he started the rejigging processes of the Nigerian Army and we commenced our upward and progressive movement towards the technical defeat of Boko Haram,” he was quoted as saying.
The chief of army staff lauded the Army Engineering Corps for constructing the bridge while also appreciating the Olowu of Kuta, Adekunle Oyelude, for his support for the army amidst wide criticism from the general public.
On his part, Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, said the bridge construction would strengthen the relationship between military and civilians in the state.