28th November, 2021
Adamawa Governor Umaru Ahmadu Fintiri has renamed the popular Lagos Street in Yola after the late Brig Gen Dzarma Zurkushu .
Fintiri also donated N10 Million to the family of Zurkushu and another N17 Million Naira to the families of six other fallen heroes.
Fintiri announced the gestures at the funeral ceremony of the soldiers at Gibson Jalo Military Cantonment, Yola on 26 November.
Describing the late General as thorough professional, gentle and dedicated to duty, the Governor also ordered hoisting of national flag in the state at half staff for 3 days.
President Muhammadu Buhari was represented at the ceremony by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr Boss Mustapha.
Again Buhari expressed sadness over the demise of Dzarma Zurkushu and 7 other patriots, who paid the supreme price with their lives in defence of Askira-Uba during an attack in Borno State earlier in the month.
The President also expressed gratitude for the gallantry exhibited by the deceased in defence of the country.
He prayed God to continue to condole their families and grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.
At the well attended ceremony, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, presented the national flags to the Next of Kins of the late senior officers and soldiers.
He urged God to comfort their families.
He assured the families left behind, that the NA would promptly process the emoluments of the fallen heroes in addition to offer of educational scholarship to their children.
The COAS expressed appreciation to the President and other sympathisers, who attended the funeral to pay their last respect to the patriots.
Prior to the final interments, service and prayers were held at St Stephen’s Military Church (Prot) and the Central Mosque both at Gibson Jalo Cantonment, where prayers were offered for the repose of the souls of the deceased.