When the Federal Government, in march named the newly established shooting range at Sambisa after late Lt Col Abu Ali, many gave it a wave of the hand.
Of what benefit? I heard someone ask.
To a man who sacrificed his entire life as well as the comfort and future of his very young family, more was being expected from his country, but as President Muhammadu Buhari, the commander in chief of the Nigerian Armed forces said at the opening of the 2017 Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship ( NASAC ) at Sambisa Forest in Borno State while paying tribute to the gallant men and women who lost their lives to the battle, said. ‘’ the championship was to showcase the defeat and degradation of the Boko Haram terrorist group with the destruction of camp Zairo in the Sambisa Forest’’
The pronouncement therefore was a celebration of triumph of good over evil, through a gallant service as well as continuous domination of a troubled land by ‘Virtues of Men’ whose courage defied evil tactics and mystics.
Lt Col ABU ALI Shooting range is therefore not only a location but a point of reminisce over the birth and death of terrorism as championed by a Patriot through his service to a beloved Country.
Financial or material ‘Honours’ may never have spoken more eloquent of the measure of sacrifice made through blood shedding for security of others in a world of VANITIES.
Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Defence , Brig Gen. Munsur Dan Ali ( rtd) said the championship was to showcase the defeat and degradation of the Boko Haram terrorist group with the destruction of camp Zairo in the Sambisa Forest.
The military officer of the 272 Special Forces Tanks Battalion, Lt Col. Muhammed Abu-Ali was killed by the Boko Haram insurgents on November 4, 2016.
Ali, who was the Commander of an army formation at Mallam Fatori in Borno east, died in a fierce battle on Nov. 4, 2016 alongside six of his men.
No gain to say, that ; ‘He died to sprout life.
For generations to come, Lt Col Abu Ali will be remembered as a Symbol of Nigerian Military Courage and Excellent ‘Marks of Service’.
For Sure, HIS, was Victory, even in death.