Zahra Buhari, the most prominent daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, was in attendance during the burial of the seven Nigerian soldiers who were laid to rest yesterday, 7th November 2016. According to miss Zahra, it was her very first time witnessing a burial all her life.
She shared a picture collage and her experience at the burial writing:
Today, I experienced a burial for the first time in my life. Right before my eyes I saw our 7 heroes laid to rest, I couldn’t hold back my tears.
I looked up and saw my mother wiping away her tears and then Lt. Gen. Buratai’s voice shaking as he gave his touching speech to bid good bye for the last time. Lt Gen Buratai listed town after town, village after village that were recaptured by the army led by our 7 fallen soldiers.
Tears rolled down as though I had known them all my life. They sacrificed everything they had for us and gave it their all in every battle. I thought to myself “This is the epitome of patriotism!”.
All our fallen heroes shall not be forgotten. The patriotism I had in my heart before the burial was very much but by the end of the event it had doubled!! We have”..no country but Nigeria. We shall remain here and savage it together”
The bravery, courage and patriotism of our soldiers is an example to every Nigerian, it is the true definition of “leading by example”.
May Almighty shower his blessings and mercy on all our fallen heroes. You shall never be forgotten.
– Zahra MB
The burial ceremony of the seven military men killed by the Boko Haram terrorists was indeed highly emotional. Many people could not control their tears including the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, who wept as he read the funeral oration at the graveside of the fallen Nigerian heroes.
The fallen troops are Lt.-Col. Muhammad Abu-Ali, Seargents Muazu Ibrahim, Bassey Okon, Hussani Jafaru, Cpl. Chukwu Simon, Private Salisu Lawal and Seaman Patrick Paul.
They died when the terrorists attempted to seize Mallam Fatori on November 4th. The soldiers were inducted into the Operation Lafiya Dole in 2014, designed to fight the Boko Haram insurgents.