President Buhari has mourned the death of the oldest surviving soldier of the Nigerian Army, Pa Adama Aduku, who died aged 101.
The death of the World War II veteran was announced on Wednesday by the Nigerian Army on their official Twitter handle, @HQNigerianArmy
According to the post by the Nigerian Army, his death was announced by one of his relations on the Whatsapp platform of the Director Defence Information Defence Headquarters news platform early this morning.
Pa Aduku was born 1918, to a peasant farmer at Abejukolo-Ife, at Omaha Local Government Area of Kogi State, Aduku joined the army in 1945.
Aduku, on December 31, 2018, was presented with an award of excellence by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, given to him by the Nigerian army.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Friday, the president described Aduku as ”a soldier’s soldier and an epitome of honour”.
The president commiserated with friends and associates of the war veteran and Kogi government on the loss, believing that the virtues of hard work and loyalty to the flag that he lived for would continue to be promoted.
He also commended Aduku’s strong spirit and commitment to statehood, especially for actively participating in the 2019 Nigerian Army Day celebration and other activities of the Nigerian Legion.
The president prayed that the almighty God would receive the soul of the departed and comfort his family.