COAS expresses sadness as slain army general is buried in Abuja

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By Henry Okonkwo

The body of Major General Hassan Ahmed killed by gunmen along the Lokoja-Abuja Highway on Thursday has been buried in Abuja.

Ahmed was a member of the 40th Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy and former Provost Marshal of the Nigerian Army.

He was recently appointed Director Veterans Affairs at the Army Headquarters, an office he was yet to assume before he was killed.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, said the incident was sad and shocking.

According to Yahaya, “It is indeed a sad and shocking incident given the circumstances when it happened but we can’t question God. His will must always prevail. All of us are on the way only we don’t know when. That is reserved for God.

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“He had to go to that place for him to go there all of us have our chosen places where our lives will be taken. It is very painful but we can’t question God.”

The COAS praised the deceased saying, “Ahmed is a friend and colleague. We’ve been together for a very long time. He was a very dutiful, responsible officer, a professional officer.”

Reading his funeral oration, Chief of Policy and Plans, Major General Anthony Omozeje, said the late senior officer was a professional committed to his duties.

He said “Late Major Gen Ahmed was an articulate, loyal and hard-working senior officer. He was a calm, firm but fair Officer with a good sense of purpose and responsibility.”

Former Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Sani Usman (retd), described the late general as a reliable, honest, straightforward officer.

He said, “It is very difficult to describe his personality. He was a personification of a complete gentleman officer. He was very reliable, honest and straightforward, he was also firm and professional.”

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