Chris Steven, Abuja
The Nigerian Army has promoted 6,199 soldiers currently involved in the fight against Boko Haram.
Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, approved the promotion on Tuesday, a statement by Sani Usman, a Brigadier General and Army spokesperson revealed.
The ‘special promotion’ according to the statement is meant for soldiers serving in Operation LAFIYA DOLE to various ranks between Lance Corporals to Warrant Officers in the Nigerian Army.
“The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lieutenant General TY Buratai, has today Tuesday 25th July 2017, approved the special promotion of 6,199 soldiers serving in Operation LAFIYA DOLE to various ranks between Lance Corporals to Warrant Officers in the Nigerian Army,” Usman said.
He gave the breakdown of the beneficiaries of the special promotion as follows:
1. Staff Sergeants – Warrant Officers –329.
2. Sergeants – Staff Sergeants –371.
3. Corporals – Sergeants –707.
4. Lance Corporals – Corporals –1,290.
5. Privates – Lance Corporals –3,502.
“The COAS congratulates the beneficiaries and urged them to increase the tempo of the ongoing clearance operations of the Boko Haram terrorists in the North East,” he said.
The Army has been battling to defeat the Boko Haram since 2009 when the insurgency began.