Pa Adama Aduku, the oldest surviving Nigerian Army soldier is dead aged 101.
The old soldier died on 31st December 2019 and his death was announced by one of his relations on the Whatsapp platform of the Director Defence Information Defence Headquarters news platform in the early hours of the new year.
Pa. Aduku had also been presented an award of excellence by Vice President, Yemi Osibajo in 2018 at the Nigerian Army Day Celebrations (NADCEL), held in Lagos.
He was born in 1918, to a peasant farmer at Abejukolo-Ife, at Omaha Local Government Area of Kogi State and joined the army in 1945.
Aduku said he never planned to join the army but when a young man beat up his village head, he had a change of mind.
“The man named, Salikawa, was a soldier who resorted to beating up our chief for refusing to carry his bag and seeing him off to his house, which was 10 miles away, he told Punch News.
“When the matter was reported to the District Officer, the chief was advised to obey the soldier in his own interest or face whatever consequences that resulted from that.
“I was very angry and bitter and I made up my mind to join the military so that I could go back to the village and also beat up Salikawa for humiliating our chief.
Despite his old age, Pa. Aduku said he was still very strong in bed strong in bed when he was interviewed then.