By Hajara Leman
Shongom (Gombe) – The remains of former Nigerian Field Commander of the ECOWAS Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) in Sierra Leone, Maj.-Gen. Timothy Shelpidi was on Tuesday laid to rest in his home town Boh Shongom Local Government Area of Gombe State.
Shilphidi died in Abuja on March 2, after a protracted illness.
In a sermon Rev. Barje Maigadi Minister in charge Evangelical Church Wining All (ECWA) Wuse 11 Abuja, described the deceased as a man of humble character and devote in his religion.
The preacher charged Christian faithful to be faithful in serving God almighty, adding that everyone will give the account of his deeds in the hereafter.
Also speaking, Gov. Ibrahim Dankwmbo, described the deceased as an elder state man who’s demise has created a vacuum.
According to the Governor, the deceased has influenced the creation of Gombe state as well as Shongom and Kltungo LGAs.
He was born on Sept. 4, 1948 at Kaltungo, then Bauchi State.
He enlisted in the Nigerian Army in 1967 and started his training at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.
Shelpidi was commissioned a Regular Combatant Officer on March 4, 1970.
From 1990 to 1992, he was principal staff officer to Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
He voluntarily retired from service of the Nigeria army in June 1999 and joined politics in 2013.
Shelphidi , was appointed the Ambassador of Russian Federation with accreditation to Republic of Belarus and Georgia from 2008 to 2011.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the dignitaries who witness the interment were Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo, Sen. Joshua Lidani (APC-Gombe South), and Mr. Joel Jagafa PDP chairman Gombe former ECWA Secretary-General Rev.Yusuf Turaki among others.