It was all tears as the remains of former ECOMOG Commander, Major General Timothy Mai Shelpidi (rtd) was committed to mother earth Tuesday at his country home Boh of Shongom Local Government Area of Gombe State.
Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, who led the state government’s delegation to the funeral, described Major General Shelpidi death as a big blow not only to the state, but to the country as a whole, adding that his contributions to the Nigerian Army and to democracy in Nigeria have been monumental and prayed for the repose of his soul.
Also speaking the wife of the late soldier, Mrs Ruth Shelpidi said her husband had demonstrated how a true nationalist ought to live, describing him as a man who lived for the unity and peaceful coexistence of the country until his death.
“My dear husband it is with great pain you left me, I look to my right and left nobody to help me again by I know God is with me and the Church you left me with”, Mrs Shelpidi added.
Major General Shelpidi, 70 died after a protracted illness at the Federal Medical Center Abuja on March 2.
He was born on September 1948 and joined the Nigerian Army in1967. He was the Force Commander, ECOMOG, Liberia from 1998 to 1999.
He left behind his wife, children, grandchildren and an aged mother.
Also, In his condolence massage, Senator David Mark described Shelpidi as a gallant officer and gentleman, whose death at time is devastating
“Shelpidi died at a time when his wealth of experience is most needed to navigate through the social-political and security challenges facing the nation”, he said.