President Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated with the family of late Brigadier-General Benjamin Adekunle (retd), who passed away on Saturday morning.
The president described the late Adekunle as a very courageous soldier, who achieved national fame during the Nigerian civil war for his gallant leadership of the 3rd Marine Commandoes in the successful effort to defend the unity and territorial integrity of the country.
While joining his family and other Nigerians in mourning Adekunle’s demise, Jonathan said he would be remembered as a valiant soldier, who served his country exceptionally well.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, read: “President Jonathan believes that General Adekunle’s civil war heroics, which made him easily one of the most celebrated military commanders of his generation, have ensured that he will always be honoured and remembered as a valiant soldier who served his fatherland exceptionally well at a very trying time in its history.
“As the Black Scorpion’s soul returns to the Almighty Creator, President Jonathan enjoins his family, friends, former military colleagues and all who mourn his passing to also give thanks to God for blessing the nation with fearless soldiers and patriots of his calibre who stand ready to lay down their lives for the peace, unity and progress of their country”.
The president prayed God Almighty to comfort the grieving family and associates of General Adekunle and grant his departed soul eternal rest.