Ali, a lieutenant colonel was buried alongside six others – Sergeant Muazu Ibrahim, Sergeant Hussani Jafaru, Sergeant Bassey Okon, Corporal Chukwu simon, Abel Sea Man Patrick Paul (of the Nigerian Navy) and Private Soldier Salisu Lawal. These seven military personnel were killed on Friday, November 4, in an ambush by the Boko Haram terrorists in Borno state – North East of Nigeria.
The dignitaries that attended the funeral are the chief of army staff, the chief mourner, many royal father, the minister of information, Lai Mohammed, wife of Senate President Toyin Saraki, Senator Dino Melaye, among many other.
Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai speech:
“They were brave, precise, professional and inspiring. They led the battle to recapture the following towns: Monguno, Baga, new Marte, Bama, Gwoza, Banki Junction, Gamboru-Ngala, Yale, Yanteke, Bita, Deruwa, Daira Kangaruwa and Mallam Fatori,” Buratai said.
“In these battles, they rescued children and women, fathers and mothers, the young and the old and restored peace and hope to Nigerian citizens.”
“At last, on Nov. 4, they paid the supreme sacrifice in the battle of Mallam Fatori. They exemplified the values of our nation and the military which are: loyalty, discipline, courage, selfless service, respect, honour and dignity.
“Your labour will never be in vain.”