Tribute: Suleiman Yusuf Bomai, NYSC martyr
It is the cause, not the death that makes the martyr.
SIR: Indeed, you start this sleeping, it’s exactly a moment that your parents mark with red and bloody pen, and a time that you forcefully take your first step to this boundless trip of millions mile that everyone await.
My eyes welled with tears whenever I remembered your Mama’s words of Adieu! Surely, you were shot and killed but the spirit of your helpless soul remained intact with ours.
Suleiman Yusuf Bomai (Walid), the serving corps member from Yobe State that was killed in between Lokoja-Abuja highway on 21st December, 2020 by kidnappers on his way back from NYSC orientation camp in Osun State, a graduate from the Department of English Language in Federal University Gashua. A great ally with heart of serving community through a socio-mutual interaction, the memories and your achievements are something that could never be erased in our hearts.
The alumna of FECOET Demonstration Secondary School Potiskum lost their amiable President; the state footballers lost their skilled one in the arena; our fellow grammarian lost their hardworking comrade.
His death is indeed a loss not to his parents, friends and town only but to the whole Yobe State and the nation at large. After we received the tragic news of his loss, we turned on our two side ears and listening to the national dailies, weather, government in both state and federal levels could mourn with and share this difficult time together but unfortunately they did not.
We learnt that there are many heroes that make a history but the most honourable is one who died in serving his state. As Prophet Muhammad SAW said clearly in famous hadith: a person who died in securing (serving) his mother land is nothing but a Martyr.
Dishonouring Bomai’s death is simply a defiant and misinterpretation to our National Anthem; since the labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain.
Ali Tijjani Hassan.
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