President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly stated that his desire is to build good, secured and safe place for future generations of Nigerians.
Buhari, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, disclosed this on Friday at the burial of Brig.- Gen. Dzarma Zurkushi and seven other soldiers, in Yola, Adamawa State.
This is coming following reports that Zirkushu was the Commander, 28 Task Force of “Operation Hadin Kai’’ in Chibok, Borno, and he died on Nov. 13 alongside the seven other soldiers while rushing to reinforce troops in a counter-offensive against terrorists.
While mourning the deceases, Buhari stated that, “The tragic loss of our gallant soldiers is not only to the family of the deceased, but to the country and the armed forces at large. My desire is to bequeath to future generations of Nigerians a secured and safe place in which each and every child will be able to ventilate their aspirations and live in peace and tranquillity.”
Meanwhile, Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri, the Adamawa state Governor described the death of late Zurkushi and other officers as a major setback in the counter insurgency campaign.
Fintiri stated that, “For us in Adamawa, it is a dark day and one of the most awful in Nigeria’s campaign against terrorists. In Zirkushu’s death, we have lost a son and patriot; a highly decorated soldier and an outstanding commander whose onslaught against insurgents rekindled hopes of communities and rebuilt broken lives.”
He added that, “We owe the dead a total triumph over the enemies of Nigeria; we must ensure their total defeat and complete return of our people to their normal lives and ancestral abodes.”
Fintiri disclosed that, “As further support, I am giving the family of late Zurkushi, N10 million and ₦17 million to the families of other three soldiers.”
Also, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.- Gen. Farouk Yahaya promised that, “The Nigerian Army will take responsibility and sponsor the education of the biological children of the deceased.”