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4 years after: How Col. Abu Ali, a 36 years old officer died fighting Boko Haram

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Many soldiers die daily in the insurgency fight rocking the northern part of this country. Many valiant warriors have fallen.

According to reports, he put his life on the line by taking on so many terrorist during the operation to liberate Monguno. He put his life on the line by facing Boko Haram members so that wounded soldiers can be evacuated from the scene of the fight. He was not the kind of leader that will send his junior officers to the war without going with them. In fact, he leads the war.

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His war car was burnt by the Boko Haram members and he was believed to have died but he showed up after 48 hours with blood all over him. He was rushed to the hospital and was treated.

Not long after, he was reported to have said that he can't leave his people at the battle front, he needed to be there with them. It was this time around that he and 5 others were ambushed by the Boko Haram members and were killed.

It's now 4 years that we lost the brave Colonel Abu Ali to the deadly hand of Boko Haram. November 4th makes it 4 years exactly.

In November 2016- Lieutenant-Colonel Muhammad Abu Ali, a Nigerian Army officer who commanded the Army's 272 Tank Battalion, is killed with six others in an ambush by the Boko Haram insurgents in Fatori, Borno State. He was 36.

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According to reports, it was said that Abu Ali knew he would die. Thus made him said this:

''I don't think I will make it. I am proud to have diligently carried out my duty, thereby paying the supreme price. I pray that Nigerians remember my sacrifice to the Nation.'' Colonel Muhammad Abu Ali's last words, November 4, 2016. Abu Ali left a wife and a beautiful daughter in this world.

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Now the question we should ask ourselves is do we remember him at all? How much and how far do we inspire our military and edge them to go on and fight? A lot is going on that we don't know about in that forest.

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Abu Ali hailed from Bassa in Kogi State was posthumously promoted from Lieutenant-Colonel to Colonel in 2016. Also, the Nigeria Army shooting range in the Sambisa forest is named after him.

This is a time to think for us as a nation. Our military deserves more praise than they are getting.

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There are people who don't have big names like Abu Ali who have died fighting for our fatherland. May we never forget. May history be kind to them all.

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