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Late Lt.Col Abu Ali, 6 Soldiers Ambushed by Boko Haram Terrorists Buried Amidst Tears

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Pic.. Remains Lt. Col. Mohammed Abu-ALI, five solders and a seaman, during their burial in Abuja on Monday (7/11/16). /11/7/2016/Johnson Udeani/NAN

Pic.. Remains Lt. Col. Mohammed Abu-ALI, five solders and a seaman, during their burial in Abuja on Monday (7/11/16).
/11/7/2016/Johnson Udeani/NAN

The Chief of Army of Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, wept on Monday as he read the funeral oration at the graveside of the seven military men killed by the Boko Haram terrorists.

They are: late Lt.-Col. Muhammad Abu Ali, Sergeants Muazu Ibrahim, Bassey Okon, Hussani Jafaru, Cpl. Chukwu Simon, Private Salisu Lawal and Seaman Patrick Paul.

They died when the terrorists attempted to seize Mallam Fatori on November 4 in an attack.

The soldiers were inducted into the Operation Lafiya Dole in 2014, designed to fight the Boko Haram insurgents and liberate the North-East from their hold.

PIC.31. . Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Buratai, Delivering oratory, during the burial of the Lt. Col. Mohammed Abu-ALI and five solders and a seaman in Abuja on Monday (7/11/16). 82628261/11/7/2016/Johnson Udeani/NAN

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Buratai, delivering oratory, during the burial of the Lt. Col. Mohammed Abu-ALI and five solders and a seaman in Abuja on Monday (7/11/16).
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“They were brave, precise, professional and inspiring. They led the battle to recapture the following towns: Monguno, Baga, new Marte, Bama, Gwoza, Banki Junction, Gamboru-Ngala, Yale, Yanteke, Bita, Deruwa, Daira Kangaruwa and Mallam Fatori.

In these battles, they rescued children and women, fathers and mothers, the young and the old and restored peace and hope to Nigerian citizens.

At last, on November 4, they paid the supreme sacrifice in the battle of Mallam Fatori,’’ Buratai said.

According to him, the deceased epitomised the very best of our military. They exemplified the values of our nation and the military which are: loyalty, discipline, courage, selfless service, respect, honour and dignity.

Buratai said that the deceased fought for the unity of the nation, adding that “your labour will never be in vain”.

He promised that the army would take care of their survivors.

Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by his Chief of Staff at the occasion, Abba Kyari, said the deceased had shown unalloyed commitment to the nation.

“They were fearless, responsive, inspiring, selfless and dedicated to their duties. The selflessness of these gentlemen reinvigorate the memories of other great fallen heroes, who stood firm in the defence of our dear nation,’’ the president said.

Buhari noted that the deceased had paid the supreme sacrifice in the ongoing fight against insurgency in the North-East, adding that their sacrifices would not go in vain.

He also noted that their contributions had resulted in the restoration of normalcy in the region.

“It is, therefore, our resolve that the labour of these fallen heroes shall never be in vain,’’ he said, adding that insurgency and terrorism would be defeated.

Dignitaries that attended the funeral included the service chiefs, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno, Ministers of Information, Lai Mohammed, Minister of Interior, Abdurahman Dambazau and Senators Ali Ndume, Dino Melaye and Phillip Aduda.

Also at the burial were the Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, and Wife of the Senate President, Toyin Saraki, among others.

The deceased were interred at about 5.55PM after all necessary military ceremonies.

PIC.26. Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari and wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki, at burial of the Lt. Col. Mohammed Abu-ALI and five solders and seaman in Abuja on Monday (7/11/16). 8258/11/7/2016/Johnson Udeani/NAN

Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari and wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki, at burial of the Lt. Col. Mohammed Abu-ALI and five solders and seaman in Abuja on Monday (7/11/16).
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PIC.27. Wife of late Lt. Col. Mohammed Abu-Ali, being consoled by a relative, during the burial of the Lt. Col. Mohammed Abu-ALI and five solders and sea men in Abuja Abuja on Monday (7/11/16). 8259/11/7/2016/Johnson Udeani/NAN

Wife of late Lt. Col. Mohammed Abu-Ali, being consoled by a relative, during the burial of the Lt. Col. Mohammed Abu-ALI and five solders and sea men in Abuja Abuja on Monday (7/11/16).
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PIC.28. Remains of the Lt. Col. Mohammed Abu-ALI, five solders and a sea men, during their burial in Abuja on Monday (7/11/16). 8260/11/7/2016/Johnson Udeani/NAN

Remains of the Lt. Col. Mohammed Abu-ALI, five solders and a sea men, during their burial in Abuja on Monday (7/11/16). 8260/11/7/2016/Johnson Udeani/NAN

PIC.29. BURIAL OF OFFICER AND SOLDERS THAT LOST THEIR LIVES ON THE NORTH-EASTH IN ABUJA Pic.29. Remains Lt. Col. Mohammed Abu-ALI, five solders and a seaman, during their burial in Abuja on Monday (7/11/16). 8261/11/7/2016/Johnson Udeani/NAN

14 Comments

  1. BishopTandO

    November 8, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Unfortunate reality of fighting a war! RIP to these brave soldiers.

  2. Nunulicious

    November 8, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Chai. 6 men. Fathers. Brothers. Just gone like that. I never heard of the Lt Col before now but the way nigeria media is flooded with stories of his persona and act of bravery makes me doff my hat to him and salute the entire team. You paid the ultimate sacrifice and I pray your loved ones left behind would be consoled. Your labour would not be in vain. So help us God. Rest in peace. Amen

  3. tunmi

    November 8, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Oh no ??? I thought we were done with NH. My condolences to their families

  4. Ides of March

    November 8, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Rest in peace fallen heroes. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice

  5. curios

    November 8, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Lt. Col said Ali was a hero. They all were…u guys need to read accounts of how he led his men into war. “Do 5% and I would do 95%” those were his words. Hiss equals, guys of the same ranks looked up to him and expected solutions from him. He was a symbol of hope. He had already received orders to relocate to sambisa forest, were he WS going to lead the armies assault on BHT in sambisa before he died. The guy WS courageous and a great soldier. His great deeds led to fast tracking his promotion from major to lt. Col. I wish our politicians were half as courageous, Nigeria would be a better place. God bless the Nigerian army, God bless Nigeria!!!!!

  6. jane(the real jane)

    November 8, 2016 at 7:37 am

    RIP to these great Men, May God console your families and may your sacrifice never be forgotten,

  7. EbonyFre

    November 8, 2016 at 8:56 am

    May their souls RIP.
    May Boko Haram and everyone terrorising Nigeria (and the world) (kidnappers, robbers, hired assassins, some stupid policemen, ritualists, rapists, et.c), as well as their sponsors, supporters and sympathisers, face the wrath of God soon and very soon.
    Sigh

  8. Grace

    November 8, 2016 at 9:01 am

    SMH

    Its quite sad. You never know our Nigerian soldiers are working until you know someone close who is in the battle field with BH or who has died. Its sad. May they rest in peace.

  9. yemite

    November 8, 2016 at 9:23 am

    R.I.P. Brave warrior’s. May God console your Families and relatives. May God forgive all your sin and grant you Al-jannat. Ameen

  10. viv

    November 8, 2016 at 9:58 am

    God bless the Army, God bless Nigeria.

  11. Mo'Diva

    November 8, 2016 at 10:02 am

    O lord grant the families involved the fortitude to bear the loss. May their souls rest in perfect peace. Amen.

  12. Will Govt Support the Bereaved?

    November 8, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    BN and Curios

    Please do you know if the Government will look after the wife and children left behind??

    • curios

      November 9, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      there have been several “promises”….but you know how the Nigerian government and their promises work. from what I read in one of the dailies, The house of representatives is urging the federal government to promote him posthumously to the rank of colonel….and I read something about scholarship for his kids and employment for his wife. (you can check their twitter handle @HouseNGR) I hope they come true on their promises.
      At least the lt. col is from a prominent family…. I think we should be more worried about the families of the low ranking/ non commissioned officers (sergeants, lance corporals etc.). who died leaving families behind. and this not the first time soldiers are dying…they die almost on a daily basis (due to lack of the right equipment), but the Nigeria military seem to have a policy of not publicizing or announcing the death of soldiers ….there has been a lot of cover ups…

  13. Adio_Braimoh

    November 8, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    RIP gallant brave soldiers. May you continue to rest in the bossom of the Lord. Your demise is a wake up call for the soon eradication of BH from our land.

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