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Why NAF immortalised Late Lance Corporal Nura Adamu

The fight against insurgency and terrorism has cost the military and indeed some of Nigeria’s finest soldiers and officers. In this feature, our Defence Correspondent, LINUS ALEKE, takes a look at the recent immortalisation of late Lance Corporal Nura Adamu who died in active service by the Nigerian Air Force and the reasons adduced for the action.

It was the English poet and playwright William Shakespeare who observed that “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them”.

This is perhaps why mankind cherishes greatness and labours so hard to achieve it, hence the popular aphorism “To leave a mark in the sand of time”. It is only great minds that leave imprint in the sand of time.

But how does anyone leave an imprint in the sand of time? There are several ways in which one can achieve the foregoing but the most noble of all is laying down ones live for others to live in peace and prosperity.

In Bible history, Jesus Christ of Nazareth and the global acclaimed saviour of the world is notable for his voluntary acceptance of death to reconcile humanity with their creator – a sacrifice that is today at the centre of Christian faith and believe system.

Nonetheless, this greatness and immutable imprint could be positive or negative, but this article is not out to interrogate the probity or otherwise of contribution of great minds to human evolution.

Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin of Uganda, Osama bin Laden, and many others like them left an indelible imprint in the sand of their time, likewise mother Teresa of Calcutta, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr. Albert Einstein, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Prof Chinua Achebe, Kwame Nkrumah and many others like them also left ineffaceable mark in the sands of their time.

But what kinds of memory come to mind when the name of Adolf Hitler and those in his category are mentioned? Likewise mother Teresa of Calcutta and his likes? Your answers are as good and mine.

In the ages past, kings were revered, honoured and respected but above all they enjoyed special greetings that distinguish them from other noble men of their time.

For instance, it was common to hear people call out to their kings, Oh King live forever! Nonetheless these kings grow old and die because they do not enjoy immortality simply because they are conferred with authority to decide the fate of those subjected to their reign.

However, there is certain validity in such pronouncements as the names of kings invariably live forever in the territory where they reigned supreme or even beyond. As kings, their activities are chronicled in the annals of the kingdom and often passed down or referenced from generation to generation.

The famous king Solomon of the Jewish Kingdom or Pharaohs of the Egyptian dynasty are still referenced in secular history several centuries after their exit from the mother earth.

Though their body had since decayed in the graves, their names are still much alive and therefore leaving forever.

But is it only kings that live forever? The answer is no as every individual that walks this earth has equal opportunity to leave their name in the sand of time. It could be in business, politics, journalism, military, teaching or medicine.

It was however, part of effort to consciously keep the name of the young soldiers and officers that paid the supreme price in the cause of providing security for Nigerians in the sand of our time that the leadership of Nigerian Air Force is immortalising those that paid the supreme price.

Recall that the Nigerian Air Force NAF late last year immortalized Late Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Muhammed Bello Baba-Ari, an experienced fighter pilot who died on 28 September 2018 while participating in the aerial display rehearsals for the 58th Nigerian Independence Day Celebration.

The service named the Pilots’ Crew Room at the Headquarters Air Task Force (HQ ATF) Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri after the late senior officer.

Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola who announced the latest immortalization of a personnel that paid the supreme price in a statement said, “In keeping with its tradition of immortalizing fallen heroes who have paid the supreme price in service to the nation, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has today, 6 February 2019, named a newly constructed accommodation after late Lance Corporal Nura Adamu.

“The new block of 30 furnished single-room airmen’s transit accommodation in NAF Base Kaduna has been named after the deceased Lance Corporal, who died in the NAF Mi-35M Helicopter that crashed in combat while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion in Damasak, Borno State on 2 January 2019”.

Speaking during the commissioning ceremony, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, represented by Chief of Administration, Headquarters (HQ) NAF, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Kingsley Lar, the Air Chief said that the new accommodation was named after late Lance Corporal Adamu to keep alive the memory of his service to the nation while encouraging others to continue to contribute their quota in the fight against terrorism and other forms of criminality in the country.

“The objective behind the numerous infrastructural projects executed in NAF Bases across the country was to ensure conducive home and work environments for personnel in line with the charge given by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure enhanced welfare conditions for all personnel. The provision of decent housing for personnel would continue to be accorded high priority to ensure that personnel are better prepared to respond to various exigencies of duty”, he explained.

The CAS noted that NAF Base Kaduna, being the Premier Base of the NAF and home of Air Training Command (ATC), which conducts aircrew training, would receive the needed attention in terms of provision of facilities.

He also disclosed plans to construct new quarters in the Base whilst addressing other areas of infrastructural deficit, even as he reminded all personnel to remain apolitical while focusing on the performance of their assigned duties.

Earlier in his address of welcome, the Air Officer Commanding ATC, AVM Muhammed Suleiman, who was represented by the Command Evaluation Officer, Air Commodore Sunday Aneke, said the current administration’s infrastructural renewal of NAF Bases has spurred personnel for more effective performance of their duties.

He thanked the CAS for the construction of the new accommodation block and other ongoing projects across units in the Command and pledged the Command’s commitment to enhance discipline amongst personnel, ensure a secured environment while providing top-class service delivery.

Daramola said that those in attendance at the ceremony were the Commander 453 Base Services Group, Air Commodore Idi Sani, Commanders of co-located Units in Kaduna as well as the Chairperson and members of Nigerian Air Force Officers’ Wives Association (NAFOWA) ATC Chapter, among others.

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The new accommodation was named after late Lance Corporal Adamu to keep alive the memory of his service to the nation while encouraging others to continue to contribute their quota in the fight against terrorism and other forms of criminality in the country

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