From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
It was a moment of tears and sober reflection at the Commonwealth War Commentary as the remains of the late Board Chairman of Kaduna state Traffic Law Enforcement Agency (KASTLEA ) Col. Jackson Tinat Zamani (RTD) was laid to rest in Kaduna yesterday.
Friends, colleagues and family members opening wept uncontrollable as the man they described as loving, caring, amazing, peaceful, supportive, generous, exceptional, mentor, and a teacher was committed to mother soil.
Late Col. Zamani, passed away on June 30, 2019, after battle with illness, he was 65 years old.
He was survived by his wife, Mrs Henrrieta Obiageli Zamani and four children, among who are Mrs. Talatu Philomena Henry, Executive Director, Zamani Foundation, Mrs Gimbiya Akintunde, Mr Frederick Akut Zamani and Miss Amina Zamani, and many grandchildren.
The Retired Army Officer was born 15th March, 1954 at Zamani Agwam Akut and Kali Zamani in Kangwaza Jankasa in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
He attended primary school in Jankasa and proceeded to Nigerian Military School Zaria from 1969 to 1973. He went to the Nigerian Defense Academy and passed out in 1975.
He was commissioned and posted to the Nigerian Army Corps of Supply and Transport (NACST) He was highly commended by his supervising officers as a disciplined, efficient and honest officer who inspired others to do quality work.
The wife of deceased Mrs Henrrieta Obiageli Zamani said her late husband was a man full of life, humour , loving husband, and amazing father .
The first daughter Mrs Talatu Philomena Henry in her Tributes said her late father was her teacher, project supervisor, mentor and best friend .
“You were not just a father to us, you went to great lengths to take care of us.
“You were loving, peaceful and kind. You helped everyone that came your way. You were a fine gentleman and a gallant soldier you raised us to be close to each other and support each other. Your passing will leave a big hole in the fabric of Atuka Jankasa Kangwaza and you will be dearly missed.
“Your life of service as an officer and the Chairman of Zamani foundation has built a legacy which will positively impact thousands of people for many years to come. Thank you daddy. Rest on in the bosom of the Lord, “She said
Speaking on behalf of the course mate of the late Officer Gen. Bala Dandarman Atyap said JT, as he was popularly called have conquered the evil that attacked him back in 1970 while he was in N.M.S Zaria
“ It was a gallant fight and you put your all to win. You will be remembered as a reliable friend and brother by all of us that benefited from your loving gestures. Bye, till we meet to part no more in the Great Beyond, ”he said