…he was articulate, professional officer – COAS
By: Okosun Dennis
As the remains of the Director, Veteran Affairs, Army Headquarters, the late Major General Huseini Ahmed, was laid to rest at the Guards Brigade Cemetery on Friday in Abuja, he was described as a “professional officer.”
He was assassinated by unknown gunmen on Thursday, 15th July, 2021 around Abaji axis while journeying on Lokoja -Abuja road.
Describing the late senior officer as an “articulate, dedicated, loyal and highly professional officer in the discharge of his duties,” the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya in his funeral rites eulougized him for his sterling qualities and immeasurable contributions to the Nigerian Army while he was alive.
The senior who was killed while his sister was abducted by the gunmen, also seriously injured his driver.
Major General Ahmed was born on 16 February 1968 in Maiduguri. He hails from Maiduguri Local Government Area of Borno State. He attended Yelwa Comprehensive Secondary School, Makurdi, where he obtained his Senior Secondary School Certificate of Education.
He proceeded to the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in 1988 and was granted Regular Combatant Commission on 25 September 1993 as a member of 40 Regular Course in the rank of Second Lieutenant.
He was of the Military Police Corps and rose to the rank of Major General before his unfortunate demise.
Late Major General Ahmed held a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Defence Studies, as well as a Master Degree in Strategic Studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy. He was one time the Provost Marshal of the Nigerian Army and until his death, he was the Director Veteran Affairs at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.
He attended several courses including Young Officers’ Course Infantry, both Junior and Senior Staff Courses at the prestigious Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji and National Defence College among others.
In recognition of his meritorious services to the nation, late Major General Huseini Ahmed was honoured with several awards and medals including the Forces Service Star, Meritorious Service Star, Distinguished Service Star, Field Command Medal and Fellow Defence College among others.
Present at the burial ceremony were the Chief of Defence Staff , General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, representatives of other Service Chiefs, representatives of the Inspector General of Police, Chief of Defence Intelligence, Heads of Security Agencies, Principal Staff Officers from Defence and Services Headquarters, Field Commanders, Senior Officers both serving and retired, members of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association, the deceased senior officers immediate family members, friends and sympathisers.