Buhari Weeps For Fallen Heroes, Sends High Profile Delegation

By Ikenga Chronicles November 7, 2016

Buhari Weeps For Fallen Heroes, Sends High Profile Delegation

President Muhammadu Buhari mourned the sacrifices of fallen officers and men in the war against terrorism especially the death of Lt. Col. Abu Ali.

He promised that the memories of the fallen heroes would be eternally etched in the hearts and minds of fellow citizens for whose sake they laid down their lives.

On the death of Lt. Colonel Abu Ali, one of Nigeria’s bravest soldiers in recent history, Buhari said in a condolence statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, that he was rudely shocked by the news of the officer’s death along with other gallant soldiers during an encounter with Boko Haram bandits in Borno State.

Colleagues and close associates of the slain army colonel have continued to eulogise his bravery in the fight against the insurgents.

Most of them described his death as “sunset at dawn” and praised his gallantry against the terrorists.

According to the President, “A courageous commander does not only give orders, but also joins his men to fight the battle, no matter the risks or the obvious danger.”

He disclosed that the late Lt. Colonel Abu Ali “was an extraordinary officer who inspired respect and adoration among those he commanded”, adding that “one of the greatest attributes of a war hero is the ability to help your troops overcome fear in the face of danger.”

Buhari said Ali and his other fallen colleagues brought glory to the army and the country for laying down their lives for the sake of others.

The president, who personally called late Colonel Ali’s father, Brigadier-Gen. Abu Ali (Ryder) to console the family, reassured them that his death and others in battle would never go in vain.

“He was a gallant soldier, never to be forgotten. He has brought a good name to the family,” said the president.

He then called on members of the armed forces not to let the tragic incident to dampen their morale and spirit, adding that under no circumstances should the Boko Haram terrorists be allowed to destroy the will of our troops.

He said: “Evil should not be given any chance to defeat good and humanity,” and that “members of our armed forces should remain formidably united in the war against terrorism.”

The president has appointed a high powered delegation to be led by his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and including the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello and the Minister of State for Solid Minerals and Development, Baba Buhari, to represent him at the funeral of Lt. Colonel Ali and others on Monday.

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