Brig Gen Dzarma Zurkusu, 7 Soldiers laid to rest in Yola Amidst Tears

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Brig Gen Dzarma Zurkusu, 7 Soldiers laid to rest in Yola Amidst Tears

Brigade General Dzarma Zurkusu and seven other military fighters killed by terrorists in Chibok, Borno State, were laid to rest on Friday in Yola, the capital city of the state.

Zurkusu and four other soldiers were killed in an ambush by terrorists from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Uba Askira, Borno State, on November 13, 2021. Zurkusu was a member of the Nigerian army.

A separate encounter with terrorists resulted in the deaths of three other military fighters, who were not killed in this encounter.

Six of the eight were laid to rest on Friday evening at the Gibson Jalo Cantonment Military Cemetery in Yola, with President Muhammadu Buhari in attendance, who was represented by Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

The burial was attended by the Governor of the host country, Ahmadu Fintiri.

 

An earlier church service was held for the deceased’s five Christians, and Islamic prayers were offered for the deceased’s three Muslims, who were buried earlier that day.

During a speech delivered at the event, President Buhari described the slain military officers and men as “courageous men” who had paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

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“Nigeria has lost some outstanding soldiers. “However, the soldier within them will live forever,” Buhari stated.

In a statement, Boss Mustapha, who hails from the same Kalaha town in the Hong local government area of Adamawa State as the late General Zurkusu, said the late General was an honorable officer whose gallantry was recognized and respected by his peers and superiors.

‘He was synonymous with gallantry,’ said the General’s boss Mustapha of the General, who added that the General would be remembered for such a commendable quality.

In his speech, Lt Gen Farouk Yahaya, the Chief of Army Staff, stated that the military officers who died while fighting to protect the nation were heroes, and that the Nigerian Army would provide scholarships to their children in addition to paying all of their other entitlements.

Fintiri asserted that the presence of the military formation, which was led by the deceased brigadier general, was responsible for the relative calm that Madagali and Muchika towns in Adamawa State have experienced in recent years.

As far as attacks by Boko Haram terrorist elements are concerned, both towns have historically been the most severely hit in Adamawa State.

N27 million was donated to the families of the deceased by the Governor, according to the Governor.

The bereaved family of would receive N10 million, with the remaining N17 million going to the other seven bereaved families.

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