By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
President Goodluck Jonathan has described late Brigadier-General Benjamin Adekunle, who passed away at the weekend as one of Nigeria’s most celebrated commander.
Jonathan, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser Media & Publicity, Reuben Abati, said the late war veteran was a courageous soldier who achieved national fame during the Nigerian civil war for his gallant leadership of the 3rd Marine Commandos in the successful effort to defend the unity and territorial integrity of the country.
He said that General Adekunle’s civil war heroics, which made him easily one of the most celebrated military commanders of his generation, have ensured that he will always be honoured and remembered as a valiant soldier, who served his fatherland exceptionally well at a very trying time in its history.
“As the Black Scorpion’s soul returns to the Almighty Creator, President Jonathan enjoins his family, friends, former military colleagues and all who mourn his passing to also give thanks to God for blessing the nation with fearless soldiers and patriots of his caliber, who stand ready to lay down their lives for the peace, unity and progress of their country”.