August 26, 2014 – Flight Lieutenant Akweke Junior Nwakile who died when the MI – 35 attack helicopter crashed while serving with Operation Zamah Lafiya in North-Eastern Nigeria has been buried with funfair in Abuja, Nigeria.
Nwakile who was pilot of the helicopter was buried with full military honours at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja.
Speaking at the occasion, the Minister of Defence Lieutenant General Aliyu Gusau Mohammed (Rtd) enjoined the family of the deceased and serving members of the Armed Forces to see the unfortunate demise of the officer as a call to service.
“Though the dream of a promising and fulfilling career of this young gentleman officer has been cut short, the current security challenges we face demand courage, selflessness and great commitment from all of us”, he said, adding that friends and family of the deceased should be comforted that he is resting in the bosom of the Lord.
“It is the fervent prayer of the nation that the demise of this young gallant officer who laid down his life in the course of such noble duty will not be in vain”.
He noted that though the air craft was not brought down by enemy action as speculated in some quarters, he was able to force-land the air craft when it malfunctioned such that the other two crew members survived the crash. He stressed that the country must therefore be proud of the gallantry of this young gentleman who proudly demonstrated the doggedness and tenacity of a combat helicopter pilot.