The tragic ambush on August 14 in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State claimed the lives of 22 soldiers who were attacked by bandits. As the fallen soldiers were laid to rest in Abuja, their grieving families recounted their memories and shared their concerns about the future.
Adama Husseini: A Brother’s Unwavering Love
Adama Husseini, the older brother of Corporal Adama Isaac, spoke of his sibling’s kindness and dedication to his family. “He was a very friendly person; a loving brother, and a caring father,” Adama said. The family will miss “a hero, a brother, and a father.” Adama highlighted his brother’s passion for his family’s well-being and emphasized his wish for his wife and children to continue receiving support.
Noami Abel: Mourning a Promising Lieutenant
Noami Abel, sister of the late Lieutenant Usman Akali, expressed profound grief for her brother’s untimely death. She described him as “a wonderful young man” who left behind a young wife and two children. Noami called for a broader reflection on the state of the country’s security system and pleaded for stronger measures to protect the lives of young and promising officers.
Mohammed Alrawi: A Major’s Legacy Lives On
Reflecting on the loss of Major Segun Abiodun Oni, Mohammed Alrawi, the brother-in-law of the deceased officer, remembered him as “a fine gentleman, a fine officer, very respectful, and diligent in his duties.” He emphasized the importance of protecting young soldiers and providing them with adequate equipment and support. Alrawi urged the nation to unite in fortifying the military’s efforts to combat insurgency.
A Call for Accountability and Support
All three families underscored the need for accountability and improvement in Nigeria’s security and military systems. They called for a comprehensive review to prevent further loss of promising lives and ensure that the sacrifice of these soldiers is not in vain. The families expressed hope that the government and military leadership would fulfill their promises of support and assistance to the bereaved families.
As the nation mourns the loss of these brave soldiers, their stories serve as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by those who serve to protect their country. The call for change and support resonates across Nigeria, echoing the urgent need for a safer and more secure future.