By Hassan Umar Shallpella, Adamawa
The remains of Brigadier-General Zirkushu Dzarma and four other soldiers killed on November 13 during a fierce encounter with terrorists in Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State were buried in Yola, Adamawa state on November 26, 2021.
Other soldiers are Major Luka Barde, Lance Corporal Simon Solomon, Pte. Chagumeji Victor and Pte. Danyaro Umar.
The soldiers are to be buried at the military cemetery of 23 brigade of the Nigerian Army in Yola amidst tears and exaltations.
The burial service of the slain soldiers was held on Friday at the Saint Stephens Protestant Church in Yola, Adamawa State.
Dignitaries at the funeral service include the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Deputy-Governor of Adamawa State, Crowther Seth, and heads of security agencies in the state.
At the event, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustafa extends condolences of President Muhammadu Buhari to the bereaved families.
He said President expressed his sadness over the loss of the soldiers who exhibited gallantry in protecting the territorial integrity of the nation.
In his remark, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruq Yahaya said death is inevitable, and urged the families not to relent in praying for them.
In his speech, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa state said the death of the fallen heroes particularly Brigadier General Zirkusu is a big loss to the people of Adamawa.
Fintiri then renamed Lagos Street Off Army Baracks Road after the Brigadier General and donated ten million and seventeen million naira to family of Zirkusu and seven others respectively.
Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum described the soldiers as fallen heroes whom he said had paid their supreme sacrifices to the Nigerian Nation.
He said the people of Borno will remain forever grateful to them and all fallen heroes, and will remain fully supported of gallant troops currently operating in front lines.