Shuwa Killing: Tributes as slain General is laid to rest

Major General Muhammed Shuwa

Major General Muhammed Shuwa

Major General Muhammed Shuwa (rtd), the civil war hero who was shot dead by suspected members of Boko Haram at his Maiduguri residence on Friday was laid to rest yesterday in the city in accordance with Islamic rites.

The burial rites were performed by the Chief Imam of Maiduguri, Alhaji Kyari in the presence of a crowd of relatives, associates, government officials and sympathisers.

The state government delegation comprising members of the executive council was led by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Baba Ahmed Jidda.

Also in attendance were members of the National Assembly from the State, members of the State House of Assembly and Local Government officials.

The Northern Governors Forum (NSGF) and Senate President David Mark yesterday condemned Gen. Shuwa’s assassination.

The NSGF called it callous and one death “too many.” It said no grievance can justify such a dastardly act against innocent people.

Chairman of the body, Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State therefore asked terrorists across the country to stop shedding the blood of the innocent.

The forum also expressed shock at the reported killing of about 40 youths by military men in Maiduguri on Thursday night.

Aliyu in a statement through his Chief Press Secretary, Malam Danladi Ndayebo, said: ‘’It is sad that a committed Nigerian like Gen Shuwa who gave everything for the unity of the Nigeria could be killed in such a gruesome manner.’’

The forum, however, applauded federal government’s acceptance of the offer of negotiation by Boko Haram and hoped that the initiative will usher in peace, security and tranquillity in the country after years of unnecessary bloodletting.

‘’It is our fervent belief that dialogue, rather than use of force, would help find a lasting solution to the worsening insecurity of lives and property in the country,’’ the forum said and pledged continued cooperation with the Federal Government on the issue of national security.

The governors prayed that God might grant the souls of Gen. Shuwa and others eternal rest and give their families and the Government of Borno State the fortitude to bear the losses.

In a similar tribute, Senate President Mark said Gen. Shuwa’s murder was “one of the many painful acts of this unrepentant sect.”

He said that the deceased, having fought in the civil war to preserve the nation’s unity, did not deserve to be killed by common criminals.

Gen. Shuwa, he added, would be remembered for his doggedness and steadfastness in nation building.

Mark, himself a retired general, said: “Without sounding like a broken sync, I urge all the leaders in the North to come together and let us find a lasting solution to the problem of these incessant killings.

“We are the first victims of this dangerous bend in the growth of nationhood. We must therefore find a solution to this unrelenting social malaise.”

Shuwa, 79, was shot dead at his Gwange 1, Maiduguri residence along with a guest by a four man gang as he was preparing for the jumat prayers.

He hailed from Kala Barde Local Government area of Borno State.

The Nation

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