The remains of Maj.-Gen. Timothy Shelphidi, a former Nigerian Field Commander of the ECOWAS Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) in Sierra Leone, were on Tuesday laid to rest in Boh, Gombe State.
The remains of Shelphidi, who died in Abuja on March 2 after a protracted illness, were laid to rest in his hometown of Boh in the Shongom Local Government Area (LGA).
In a sermon, Rev. Barje Maigadi, the Minister in charge of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) Wuse II in Abuja, described the deceased as “a man of humble character who was religiously devoted’’.
The preacher charged Christians to be faithful in serving God, adding that everyone would give “an account of his deeds in the hereafter’’.
Also speaking, Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo, described the deceased as an elder statesman whose demise has created a vacuum.
He said the deceased influenced the creation of Gombe state, as well as the Shongom and Kaltungo LGAs.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Shelphidi was born on Sept. 4, 1948 at Kaltungo in the then Bauchi State.
He enlisted in the Nigerian Army in 1967 and started his training at the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna.
Shelphidi was commissioned a Regular Combatant Officer on March 4, 1970 and from 1990 to 1992 he was Principal Staff Officer to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
He voluntarily retired from service of the Nigerian Army in June 1999 and joined politics in 2013.
Shelphidi was appointed Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation with accreditation to the Republics of Belarus and Georgia from 2008 to 2011.
Some of the dignitaries who witnessed his interment included Dankwambo, Sen. Joshua Lidani (APC-Gombe South), Mr. Joel Jagafa, the PDP Chairman in Gombe State and former ECWA Secretary-General, Rev. Yusuf Turaki.