Represented by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Div, Major General Mohammed Mohammed he said it eyas not a time for much speech, but told the families to oaccept it as an act of God. “From God we came, and to God we will return,” he added.
The slain 11 soldiers, who died during the Army’s Exercise Aya Akpatuma in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State have been given a befitting heroic burial ceremony, which attracted top military officers and their families.
The burial held at the Commonwealth Cemetery in Kaduna on Thursday March 29, 2018, was done according to Army Inter-Faith Funeral Service with Chaplains and an Imam from the Islamic and Christian faith presiding.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai described the occasion as solemn, while assuring that criminals and armed bandits would not be allowed to stop them from performing their constitutional duties.
He recalled the day if the incident.
“Morning of 20th March 2018. Able bodied men who came into this job barely a year ago to serve the country, told their relations I have joined the Army. Now they have paid the supreme sacrifice defending their country.
“Could they have paid their lives to aid those who killed them? All of us will join them, its only a matter of time. To have been trained for six months and additional training, to be cut short is really painful.
“We assure that those who killed them that we will not relent our efforts. Their blood was not shed in vain. Their memories remain with us.
“We assure Nigerians that we would continue to do our duties, regardless of this. We assure that every part of this country, every part under one div would be secured,” he said.
He assured their families of their continuous support.
“If any other member of the family wants to join the Army, do not discourage them. We condole you on the loss of your people, but we assure you, their death is not in vain,” he stressed.
The slain officers are Private Olabode Hammed, Private Bamidele Adekunke Emmanuel, Private Owhochukwu Christian Chigoziri, Private Adamu Muhammed, Private Lamara Ahmed and Private Mubarack Suleiman.
Others are Private Bashir Dani. Private Usman Abubakar Halo. Private Nafiyi Iliyasu, Private Sefiyanu Ahmed and Private Alhassan Ibrahim.
They were paid last respect the military way with a 21 gun salute.