The body of General Timothy Mai Shelpidi, a former Commander of ECOWAS Monitoring Group (ECOMOG), a West African Peace keeping Force in Liberia and Sierra Leone was laid to rest in his native home of Shongom, Gombe State.
Former ECOMOG Commander laid to rest in Gombe
In attendance at the funeral ceremony to pay their last respects and bid one of Nigeria’s fallen heroes farewell was the Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, who described General Shelpidi as a war hero that served the country diligently.
According to Dankwambo, General Shelpidi changed the political landscape of the state when he joined politics in 2003, adding that he carried everyone along irrespective of tribe or religion.
“He played a key role in the creation of Gombe State. He is worthy of emulation in all ramifications. The state has lost a great son”, the Governor stated.
Governor Dankwambo then assured that the state executive council will look at how to immortalise the late General Timothy Shelpidi.
In his sermon with scripture reading taken from Revelation 22:7, Rev Dr. Barje Maigadi, Senior Pastor of ECWA Wuse II Abuja reminded Christians of the soon coming of Jesus Christ, as such, they must be prepared, especially before their death.
General Timothy Shelpidi, also a foremost politician in Gombe State, was among the influential military officers who was instrumental to the creation of Gombe State during the reign of former Head of State, Late General Sani Abacha in ,1996.
General Shelpidi joined politics in 1999 after retirement and also contested the governorship election of the State in 2003 under the National Democratic Party (NDP).
He served Nigeria in many capacities both as civilian and military officer. He was one time Nigeria’s Ambassador to Russia with concurrent accreditation the Republic of Belarus and Georgia from 2008 to 2011.
Born on 4th September, 1948, General Shelpidi died after a protracted illness at an Abuja hospital. He left behind his wife, children, grandchildren, mother and many relations.