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Buhari reveals his desire for Nigeria as Gen. Zurkusu, 7 other slain soldiers are laid to rest

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President Muhammadu Buhari says his desire is to build a good, secured and safe place for future generations of Nigerians.

Buhari, represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, gave the assurance in Yola on Friday at the burial of Brig.- Gen. Dzarma Zurkushi and seven other soldiers.

Recall that Zirkushu was the Commander, 28 Task Force of “Operation Hadin Kai’’ in Chibok, Borno.

He died on Nov. 13 alongside the seven other soldiers while rushing to reinforce troops in a counter-offensive against terrorists.

The president expressed sadness over the death of the brave and gallant officers.

“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.

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“I express gratitude for the rare display of gallantry which the deceased exhibited in their quest to protect the country in the war against terrorists,’’ Buhari stated in the message read by Mustapha.

In his remarks, Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa described the death of late Zurkushi and other officers as a major setback in the counter insurgency campaign.

Fintiri said that Zurkushi’s death remained one death too many in a needless war.

“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.

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“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,’’ he said.

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