From Femi Oyelola Kaduna
It was an atmosphere of tears and sorrow as the remains of the eleven slain army personnel by bandits in Doka, Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State on March 20, 2018 were finally committed to mother earth yesterday in Kaduna.
Families and relations who were present at the interment done in full military color could not hold back tears. The burial held at the Commonwealth Cemetery in Kaduna metropolis was done in line with Nigerian Army Interfaith Funeral Service as Chaplains and Imams presided over the service.
Speaking earlier, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai said the Army will not be deterred in protecting Nigeria’s territory, assuring that the armed bandits would not be allowed to stop the Army from performing its constitutional duties.
Gen. Buratai who was the chief mourner at the occasion was represented by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), I Division Major-General Mohammed Mohammed, encouraged the families to accept what happened as an act of God; saying from ‘God we came and to God we will return’
Recalling what happened on the sad Tuesday morning, Buratai said able bodied soldiers who came into the job barely a year ago to serve the country paid the supreme price of defending their country.
“Could they have paid their lives to aid those who killed them? All of us will join them, it is only a matter of time. To have been trained for six months and additional training, to be cut short is really painful.
“We assured those who killed them that we will not relent our efforts in ridding the country of bandits. Their blood was not shed in vain and their memories remain with us. Let me reiterate that every part of the country will be secured.
“If any other member of the family wants to join the Army, do not discourage him. We condole you on the loss of your people, but we assure you that their death is not in vain,” he stressed.
The ceremony was concluded with a 21 gun salute for the slain soldiers The slain soldiers are Private Owhochukwu Christian, Private Olabode Hammed, Private Bamidele Adekunle Emmanuel, Private Adamu Muhammed, Private Lamara Ahmed and Private Mubarack Suleiman.
Others are; Private Bashir Dani, Private Usman Abubakar Halo, Private Nafiyi Illiya, Private Sefiyanu Ahmed and Private Alhassan Ibrahim.