Ex-Minister YY Kure buried in Kaduna

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Late former Minister of Culture and Social Welfare, Maj.-Gen. Yohanna Yerima Kure (rtd) has been buried in his hometown, Mallam Kure Manchak family compound in Kurmin Musa, Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The Nigerian Army disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

According to the Army, Kure, who died on November 2 aged 84, was buried on Friday, December 1.

 

While reading the late senior officers funeral oration, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja described the deceased as an articulate and professional soldier with a good sense of responsibility who served the Nigerian Army and indeed the nation with utmost dedication and total loyalty.

The COAS, who was represented by the Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Artillery, Maj.-Gen. TE Gagariga, added that the late retired general was a highly competent, level headed, conscientious and reliable senior officer who took keen interest in his service to fatherland and the welfare of his subordinates.

He described his demise as a great loss to his family, the Atmy and the nation in general just as he prayed God to grant him eternal rest.

Until his voluntary retirement from active service in 1990, Maj.-Gen. YY Kure held several appointments including General Officer Commanding 2 Mechanized Division Ibadan; General Officer Commanding 82 Division Enugu; and Director Army Special Duties and Plans among several others.

He was a member of the Supreme Military Council from 1983 to 1985 and a member of the Armed Forces Ruling Council between 1985 and 1987.

Upon retirement from service, he was subsequently appointed Minister of Culture and Social Welfare and later appointed Minister of Youths and Sports Development.

The burial was attended by dignitaries from all walks of life including the representative of the Kaduna State Governor and Deputy Speaker, Kaduna State House of Assembly, Hon. Magaji Henry Danjuma; former Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Martin Luther Agwai (rtd); General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. VU Okoro; former Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal John Femi (rtd); DG of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh; wife of former Governor of Kaduna State, Mrs Amina Yakowa, amongst other dignitaries.

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