Defence Minister, Gusau, charges soldiers to show courage against Boko Haram

Defence Minister, Aliyu Gusau
Defence Minister, Aliyu Gusau

The Minister of Defence, Aliyu Gusau, on Friday reassured the military of the federal government’s continued support in the ongoing war against Boko Haram and other terror organizations.

Mr. Gusau, who gave charge at the burial of two Air Force officers at the military cemetery in Abuja, charged soldiers to exhibit selflessness, courage and commitment in prosecuting the war.

The late officers, Ubong Akpan and Master Warrant Officer Zabesan Hosea, died when an air force helicopter crashed in Adamawa on November 13 during operational flight.

The minister urged the military to emulate the courage of the late officers, who he said, gallantly paid the supreme sacrifices by confronting the insurgents boldly while serving their fatherland.

“We must remind ourselves that no sacrifice is too big to secure the future of our children,” he said. “Those gallant men lost their lives in the course of a noble duty; their sacrifice shall not be in vain. Good men will die but death cannot kill their name.”

The minister continued: “The name and memory of Ubong Akpan and Zabesan Hosea will not die in our heart. They shall be written in gold in the history of this nation and humanity at large.”

He assured the families of the late officers that the government would assist them.

“At a time like this, no word of comfort can sufficiently console or heal your grief, however, take solace in God, who is the greatest comforter,” he said.

The Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosun, assured that the military would do its best to win the war against terrorism.

Mr. Amosun said that the terrorists were against the nation’s sovereignty, adding that all resources must be mobilised to defeat them.

The Chaplain at Air Force headquarters, Okenwa Okoye, urged Nigerians to ask for God’s intervention to overcome the country’s challenge.

Mr. Okoye, quoting from 2 Timothy 3:1-5, said the people that the world is in its “last days” when many “dangerous things” like terrorism facing the nation were expected as prophesied.



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  • growthengine

    Surprised to hear from this guy, thought he was waiting for Joe to fall on his knife?

    • international games

      Me too, I am surprised to hear from Gusau. I thought he was on holiday.

  • emmanuel

    Nor mind Gasau them think say dem dey do Jonathan.

    They should be prepared to set up interim National Government before the end of 2015 if they edge Jonathan out, because there will be no money to share at the centre. Oil flow will cease!

    They have Boko Haram to frustrate Jonathan, but tue whole of SS will go to the trenches this tome when the bubble burst – no more professionals, gentlemen, elites etc.

    • glo

      You’re not making sense.

      • emmanuel

        I do, because Gasau and co are enemies within and are all running the same Fulani scheme.

        We shall know who trully own Nigeria if they suceed in edging Jonathan out in 2015 as Oil will stop to flow. Simple comment.

  • Johnson Omale

    How can they fight without arms? Gusau should stop talking nonsense after all he was one of those who promised JO- Nothing that they were going to make Nigeria ungovernable for him. One wonders why JOnothing keep this good-for-nothing around.

  • Ayo Yussuff

    so we have defence minister?

  • leonardsonyekwere

    This is sad, how are they supposed to remain courageous? No standard arms, no adequate supplies, no remuneration and most of the time, no food. Currently, the junior officers in the Nigerian army are being treated like slaves by the senior officers and the recent conviction of 54 innocent junior army officers by their corrupt senior military officers is a recipe for calamity. My hope is that President Goodluck Jonathan will summon some courage at least to commute the death sentence to life imprisonment. This is murder!
    Please my people, speak out and condemn the atrocities going on within the military and our leadership.

  • What a bunch of clueless incompetent men seem to be running Nigeria. Evil heartless men who do not care about the suffering of their own people and make no attempt to stop it or right it. It is all just an annoyance and bother to them

  • PROF

    Hahahaha, so we still have a defence minister? Defence minister during the day ,and bokoharam at night .

  • Rommel

    Honestly,I never knew that Nigeria still had a defense minister but come to think of it,I heard Chibok is a local government area,do they have a police formation and DPO? and if yes,where are they?

  • Bunduma Mohammed

    Army should show courage when they have empty stomack and have little or no weapon? Gusau has demistified himself. No one respect you again.