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.
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.
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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