A 77 years old retired Nigeria soldier by name Sergeant Ibrahim Umar. Was among the people that fought to keep Nigeria one during Te civil war 52 years ago.
Sergeant Ibrahim tells the story of how he came about the bullet in his neck that he has been living with 52 years after the war.
In his word " the shot me on my neck in 1968, a year after the war started and what really happened was that I carried one of my soldiers that got shot to the MI room for treatment and as I was returning back to base a met different people from the ones I left, before I known what was happening I heard gunshot. That was how I was shot on the neck.
One of my colleagues returned fire and during that commotion I was carry out of that place.
I was in the hospital for many months and I was told by the doctors that the bullet was connected to me vein on my neck and that if the try to remove it I may end up been paralysed. That it was better the bullet be left there.
He also narrated that he lost so many people in the war, but the one he felt the most was the death of his best friend Sgt. Tank Musa.
52 years after the war Sgt. Ibrahim said that the experience of the war was never a good thing, the worst pain he felt was that of brother killing brother.
In his word " I pray that Nigeria, Africa in fact the world should never experience another war. Anybody shouting for war does not know what war means".
52 years after the Nigeria civil war that many people has forgotten about, Ibrahim who has 15 children says life has been hard for him and that his begging the government to please pay him his pension and gratuity for many years that has been pending.
"I retired in 1979 and I never received anything until in 2007 that I started receiving, so my money from 1979 to 2006 is still hanging, am begging government to pay me".
On life inside the bush, the former soldier said that it was there that he leant how to eat different kind of fruits and food because surviving was all that was in his mind.
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