VIDEO + PHOTOS: Tears as Army laid Col Muhammad Abu-Ali, 6 fallen heroes to rest

It was a pensive and tearful atmosphere as Muhammad Abu-Ali, Nigeria’s war hero, was buried after a national funeral in Abuja on Monday.

Even, Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, could not hold back tears as he extolled the bravery and gallantry of Abu-Ali and his men.

Abu-Ali, a lieutenant colonel, was killed by Boko Haram insurgents in a night raid at Mallam Fatori, Borno state, last Friday.

Wife of the late Col. Abu Ali , Samira Ali with her children during the burial at the Military Cemetery in Abuja
Wife of the late Col. Abu Ali , Samira Ali with her children during the burial at the Military Cemetery in Abuja

Six soldiers – Muazu Ibrahim, Hussani Jafaru, Bassey Okon, Chukwu Simon and Patrick Paul – were also killed in the attack.

They were all buried after a brief ceremony on Monday.

Abu-Ali is reputed to have led the operation to recapture Baga as well as other successful onslaughts against the insurgents.

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President Muhammadu Buhari, who was in Edo state at the time of the event, was represented by Abba Kyari, his chief of staff.

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