New Telegraph - Tributes have continued to pour in for Oluwatoyin Ogunleye, a female soldier, allegedly ‘beheaded’ by the Boko Haram terrorist group. Although there are indications that she may have been killed sometime last year when the terrorist group attacked Baga in Borno State, there are suspicions that there was an official collusion in attempting to hide it from the public.
One of her friends, Saleb Ahabs, posted her photographs on online on Monday asking Nigerians to pray for the repose of her soul and commended her for the gallant role she played in Nigeria’s quest to defeat Boko Haram.
Since then, it has been one of the most topical issues on social media with many commentators reacting and sharing her photos. Adewale Adeeko confirmed the news, insisting: “The news is real. I know her well. She joined Nigerian Army in 2013.”
Similarly, a soldier, Sunny Samuel, recalled the events that led to her death. “It was sad because we trained together and we were posted to the North East together. The attack that took her life was a bloody one, which took place at Baga in Borno State.
It was only the grace of God that made some of us to survive the unfortunate attack. RIP Toyin we will continue to miss you,” he stated. The last post of Ogunleye who attended the Tai Solarin College of Education at Ijebu Ode in Ogun State before proceeding to the Nigerian Army School of Infantry in Jaji, Kaduna State, was on January 1, 2015. She had shared: “Christmas and New Year. Thank you Jesus for giving me the grace to witness it.”
Another colleague, Ozere O Godstime, also paid tribute. He wrote: “It was indeed a deadly attack by the insurgents, Boko Haram. Thank God for the survivors and we will continue to miss you and everyone who lost their lives on that very day. RIP till we meet to part no more.” One of her sympathisers, Kelvin Kevwe Ekejija, wondered why the army allowed women to go to Borno State.
“It is not fair at all. This beautiful and innocent lady must have been raped and abused by those rebels before beheading her. So Sad!” Banjul Timi lauded her for the sacrifice to the nation, saying: “I think it must have happened last year when Boko Haram took over Baga.”
She added: “It was in the news that many female soldiers serving in Baga were captured. The army covered it up, the families and friends are just coming out. She was not the only one.” Adekanmi July blamed the government for falling to defeat Boko Haram all these years.
“In fact, I am disappointed with this Buhari administration. They promised to wipe out Boko Haram in December but failed to do so. Incompetent government; they promised and failed us.” Olusegun Akintade observed that Southerners were always victims of Boko Haram’s attacks.
“Most of the Hausa-Fulani soldiers are never killed or captured…I have warned the Yoruba to stop joining the army for now.” Mustagh Alib decided not blame the government for Ogunleye’s death but Northerners whom he said created Boko Haram. Alib said:
“How can a country of more than 180 million people be forced to live together? We all agreed to practice democracy, why do some people still practice Sharia law? Whenever I see officers beheaded in the course of protecting their country, I feel sad and tears well in my eyes.”
Bridget Osunruku urged the government not to give up despite the setback. She said it was very sad that a soldier was killed in such a manner while protecting her country. “The government should not give up in the fight to eradicate Boko Haram because of this.
May God comfort her family, friends and the entire nation,” she stated. Tout-puissant Obadan noted that Ogunleye probably joined the army since there was no job in the country. “Unemployment might be the reason she joined the army, not love for the profession.
Same thing almost happened to me. I thought about joining until a senior friend in the system warned me that fresh recruits from short service are sent to the war zones almost immediately. That is wrong.”
Babatunde Idrisu said that from her Facebook wall it seems it happened in early 2015. “You can see condolence messages in January 2015 so it is not recent. My condolence goes to the family and friends. These soldiers put everything on the line.
God bless them,” he added. Oluwatosin Ebenezer Sunmola described the unfortunate incident as sad. He reacted: “Some stupid people will say this current administration is better.
I remember vividly that they told us this deadly group will be wiped out by December, but they haven’t done anything outstanding or special. Deadly attacks every day and we see our young and vibrant soldiers falling every day. I weep for my country.
RIP to the deceased.” Emeka Noel Ottey was angry that the military sent a rookie to the war front. He stated: “How on earth will the military send a rookie to the frontline, a female? This is callous and gross.”
Though Regina Modupe was proud of Ogunleye, she wasn’t sure if she would want to sacrifice her life for Nigeria. She asked: “Is Nigeria worth dying for? May her soul rest in peace.”
Diallo Delavegas believed she paid the ultimate prize with her life. He mourned: “RIP Soldier. You paid the ultimate prize in defending your country. Thank you for your great sacrifice. It wouldn’t be forgotten.”
Maruf Adeniyi wondered about the pains her family must be going through. “So sad! May God comfort her family and may her soul continue to rest with the Lord.” For Gabriel Kingsley Panam, she would meet her reward in heaven. “May your gentle soul rest in the bosom of the Lord where we will meet to part no more. Adieu.”
Sadiq Dotun Adegbesan urged everyone to remember all soldiers in their prayers. “As you pray for her also remember to pray for others who are still alive and fighting for Nigeria’s peace,” he shared.
Adah Philip Monday said it was a painful loss but God understood. “What can we say to God than to give Him thanks and praise because He is the giver and He also takes. May her soul rest in perfect peace.”
When Anjuma Isah heard about it, he was shocked and couldn’t believe it. “It is very painful. We love her, but God Almighty loves her most. May her soul rest in perfect peace.” Sunny Eyong tried to picture the pain she might have gone through before she was beheaded.
He shared: “Imagine the pain this baby soldier went through before she finally gave up. RIP soldier woman.” Yakubu Musa Banu believed that her sacrifice wouldn’t be in vain. “RIP Toyin and my prayers also go to families who have lost their loved ones. We love and miss you all.”
According to Shola Attah, she paid a prize others couldn’t pay for the country and she stood gallant till death Dahunsi Kayode said she should rest well as she had done her part for Nigeria. “God in His infinity mercy will grant you internal rest.”
Dorcas Dauda believed she died because of the selfish interest of some top people. “Nigeria is not worth dying for because when you die they forget about you and the family you leave behind.
I advise soldiers to run when the war gets too tough. Remove the uniform and run for your life because our leaders know the Boko Haram and their sponsors. There is no way enemies will attack you without an insider.”
Sheriff Mohamed described her as a good and patriotic soldier who died for her country. When contacted, the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman said: “I’m not aware. We do not have such occurence.”
Boko Haram Beheads Female Soldier, Oluwatoyin Ogunleye, See Photo; Govt. Accused of Cover-up
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