The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Mohammed Mohammed paid a visit to the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna over the weekend. The GOC paid the visit to check up on the wounded troop members of the Operation Lafiya Dole.
The GOC believes that the visit would serve as a morale booster to the injured troops and serve as a reminder of what was at stake to their comrades still fighting for Nigeria. The GOC told the injured soldiers that the visit was part of scheduled activities marking the yearly West African Social Activities (WASA).
“We are aware of your pains and I am here on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, to let you know that you are not forgotten. I want to assure you that we are interfacing with the doctors and caregivers to ensure that you get the best treatment and whatever will give you quick recovery,” the GOC informed.
“For those of you requiring evacuation abroad, I have asked the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Brigadier General Nathan Okeji, to furnish me with such details for onward communication to the Chief of Army Staff for immediate action. We will also extend to you some of the goodies during the WASA, just be reminded that the COAS is very passionate about your health and well being and will stop at nothing to do the needful for your good living,” he continued.
The GOC also used the opportunity to debunk all claims that the army hierarchy was in the habit of neglecting and abandoning injured soldiers in the north east. A letter containing the allegations was circulated and it got to the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari. Major General Mohammed Mohammed assured all troops that everything would be done to ensure that every injured personnel received the best possible treatment as soon as possible.