The son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Lt.-Col. Adeboye Obasanjo, has been shot by Boko Haram insurgents at the key boundary town of Michika in Adamawa State, where he was heading a platoon against the marauding sect.
The attack on Obasanjo’s platoon coincided with the ferocious air and land assault by the Nigerian armed forces against the terrorists, who were reported to have made strong gains in Michika, which was attacked by the terrorists on Sunday.
The younger Obasanjo, an army engineer, was reported to have been shot alongside other soldiers, but sustained minor injuries during the exchange of gunfire with Boko Haram terrorists while on their way to liberate Michika.
A highly-placed military source confirmed the incident, saying “his injuries are not life threatening. He is currently receiving treatment”.
“I can confirm the incident is true. He is a committed military officer on duty,” he added.
Efforts to get the former president to confirm that his son had been shot proved abortive, as he was not in the country.
However, in response to an SMS sent to his phone, the former General replied: “Thank you for your care. God is in control.”
Similarly, efforts to speak to the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, on the issue were unsuccessful, as his phones were switched off.
However, the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig-Gen. Olajide Lalaye, said while scores of terrorists were killed in the incident, and with a few soldiers sustaining injuries, he could not confirm if Obasanjo's son was affected.
“Yes, there was fierce fighting in Mubi… many insurgents were killed in the attack, while few soldiers sustained injuries,” Laleye said.
On the reported shooting of Obasanjo's son, he said: “I can't confirm that…”
Also speaking to THISDAY on the latest development, another security source noted that the “incident has shown that our leaders are also involved in this fight.
“This has helped to expose the lie that ordinary Nigerians are being sent to die in the hands of terrorists”.
The source disclosed that most of the service chiefs including the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, and more crucially, Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, are currently in different parts of North-east directing operations.
“Do you know that Amosu is currently in some locations in the North-east conducting and directing the aerial assault? Other service chiefs are also there.
“Our leaders and especially the military leadership are heavily involved in this fight contrary to reports that ordinary Nigerians are intentionally sent to die in the counter-terrorism operations,” the source said.