250 members of youth vigilante group, Civilian-JTF join Nigerian Army

A total number of 250 ex-members of the
youth vigilante, Civilian-JTF, who had been
supporting the Nigerian military in the fight
against Boko Haram, have concluded
military training and have been fully
inducted into the Nigerian Army.
The newly-recruited troopers on Friday
stormed the Government House Maiduguri,
on a "thank you" visit to the state governor,
Kashim Shettima. They appreciated Mr.
Shettima for helping them to be enlisted into
the military.
The new soldiers, all clad in their combat
fatigues, marched into the government house
amidst cheers from their fellow Civilian-JTF
Benjamin Solomon, the leader of the team
and commander of the parade, addressed
the governor at the government house.
"We are here to say thank for making us
become soldiers of our great country. We
thank the president and we thank our father,
the Chief of Army Staff, who ensured that we
are soldiers today," said Mr. Solomon.
"We are very many in the state and we are
pleading that others too be given the same
opportunity to become soldiers as well. We
also have graduates among us who could
also be given an opportunity to serve as
officers of various military and paramilitary
services. To us, it is now time to serve our
country by laying down our lives to protect
its territorial integrity"
"The emergence of the Civilian-JTF is a
game changer in the fight against Boko
Haram," said Governor Shettima.
"One major issue that needs to be reported
is the once strained relationship that existed
between the people of our states and the
military. But with the emergence of the
Civilian-JTF the relationship became cordial.
When the historical epoch of the Boko
Haram insurgency is being written, the
Civilian-JTF will have a chunk place of
"Today the one time stick-carrying youths
have now become a thing of fear to the well
armed Boko Haram who fear them more
than even the conventional military.
"I thank the president of the country, and the
Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General
Tukur Buratai, for helping us to absorb our
gallant youth into the Nigerian Army.
We are not going to stop at this; we are not
going to get tired in going after all the
service chiefs as we are going to keep
knocking on their doors until all our Civilian-
JTF members are into various military and
paramilitary outfits.
He called on the soldiers to be proud
ambassadors of Borno State.
"Don't bring us shame while you are out
there serving the country. We would have
preferred all of you to be deployed to Borno
state; but since you are the Nigerian Army
soldiers and not Borno soldiers, we bid you
to go to wherever you are posted and deal
with all enemies of the country the way you
dealt with Boko Haram terrorists," he said.
Earlier, the state attorney general and
commissioner of justice, Kaka Lawan, had
said that other batches of the Civilian-JTF
would soon be absorbed into the Nigeria
Police and other agencies.
He said 30 of the youth vigilante had
already been taken by the Department of
State Security (DSS) as junior personnel.

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