– A 71-year-old man, Muraina Adebayo, has revealed how he worked under Buhari during civil war
– Adebayo said Buhari gave directives to soldiers during civil war
– The retired soldier, however, urged the president to look into his matter and others who fought in the civil war but are yet to receive their rights and entitlements
“President Muhammadu Buhari exhibited bravery and mastery of the task to ensure he carried the first, second, third and fourth battalions of soldiers along through out Nigeria’s civil war.”
These were the words of a 71-year-old man, Muraina Adebayo, who was among the infantry soldiers who participated in the civil war that happened between 1967-1970.
Adebayo hails from Sangote area, Okeho in Kajola local government area of Oyo state.
In an exclusive interview with Legit.ng‘s regional reporter in Oyo, Imran Khalid, the septuagenarian said President Buhari was a Brigade Major with one eagle in 1967 when he led battalions of soldiers to civil war.
Adebayo, a sergeant officer, who was 23 years of age when the war broke out, said Buhari led him and other battalions of soldiers to Biafran war zones from Awka, Enugu Agidi, Abba Ghana, Ogidi 1 and 2 and Nnewi junction respectively.
He said during the war that lasted for almost three years, Buhari as a Brigade Major gave directives to 4 battalion commanders who must at all cost relay the pieces of information to each battalion under their command.
Adebayo said that Buhari exhibited bravery and mastery of the task to ensure he carried the first, second, third and fourth battalions of soldiers along through out of the lasted civil war.
He said Buhari was an active, brave and competent infantry soldier who despite his position and rank, needed to do what other soldiers were doing, adding that he dug own trench where he was to protect himself against Biafran assailants.
The retired soldier said he led three sections of Army that made up of 36 soldiers to the war zone under the divisional command of commander Adeniran, an Ogbomoso man, who led the second division.
Adebayo said that Adeniran was replaced with commander Muama Shua of first division when many soldiers were lost under the command of the former.
He said Shua was the divisional commander that led him and others in the division till the Biafran soldiers surrendered in 1970.
He added that the Biafran soldiers surrendered when they could no longer withstand the sophisticated riffles like G3, XMG, sub-machine guns and machine guns that sprayed 1567 bullets per second.
On what led to the war, he said Nigeria had become an indivisible entity, adding that he could not dwell on what would make Nigeria and Nigerians more distingerated.
He said he quit Nigerian Army in 1970 as a sergeant officer immediately after the war was offer.
Adebayo added he had been given his discharged certificate but his entitlements and pension had not received since then.
He appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and the concerned high ranked soldiers to look into his matter and others who fought in the civil war but whose rights and entitlements had not been received up to this moment.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported about a 72-year-old man who worked as a private photographer to late Chief Awolowo.
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