Former GOC 82nd Division Major General Wu dies at the age of 84

Former GOC 82nd Division Major General Wu dies at the age of 84

Major General Johanna Kure, a former officer who commanded the 83rd Division of Enugu, has died at the age of 84.

The late General Johanna Yerima Kure was a retired officer in the Nigerian Army. He was a member of the Armed Forces Governing Council from 1985 to 1987 during the Ibrahim Babangida administration, and a member of Nigeria’s Supreme Military Council from 1983 to 1985 during the Buhari military regime.

Mr. Wu is a former General Officer Commanding Officer (GOC) 82nd Division, Enugu and 2nd Mechanized Division, Ibadan and Head of Army Special Operations and Programs.

Upon his voluntary retirement in 1990, he was appointed Minister of Culture and Social Welfare and Minister of Sports and Youth Development.

Commonly referred to as General YY Wu, he rose to fame since his formative days when he led the army in Kano in 1980 to crush the Matatsine fanatic group within 48 hours and the Yola group in 1982. I made a profit.

In late October, members of a fanatical Islamic sect led an uprising in northern Nigeria that left hundreds dead, prompting authorities to crush the sect’s second major uprising in two years. I had concerns.

He was born on April 22, 1939 in Kurumin Musa, Kachia LGA, Kaduna State, into the royal family of Malam Manchaik Kure and Malama Tawoku Kure.

He attended Kwoi and Kagoro Missionary Schools for his primary education and then enrolled in the State Secondary School Zaria, popularly known as Al-Hudahda.

The young Kule joined the Nigerian Army in 1963 after graduating from the prestigious Nigerian Military Training College (now NDA) and was commissioned as an officer in 1964.

Since then, thanks to his high standards of self-control, discipline and discipline, he has had an impressive career profile and rose to fame in a short period of time.

His first foray was in 1964 in Prozia, Australia for further cadet training courses, where he trained the Command and Staff College Jaji and the NIPPS strategy, including his close friend General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. He underwent numerous local and international officer training culminating in university.

He had equally fruitful experience in military appointments. He was the commander of the 5th Infantry Battalion in his 1966 year. In 1967 he served as a lieutenant and commander of the 22nd Infantry and in 1968 as a major and commander of an infantry battalion.

He became a Lieutenant Colonel in 1974 and much later in his career, he served in GOC 82 Division Enugu from 1983 to 1985 and then to GOC 2 Division Ibadan from 1985 to 1987.

Johanna Yerima Kure retired as an officer in the Nigerian Army in 1990. After her retirement, she attended ECWA Theological College in Jos where she obtained her first degree and Master of Divinity degree and began her pastoral ministry.

He was one of the shining beacons and icons inspiring young people to join the military.

YY General Wu was soft-spoken and so humble that he needed to be formally introduced at formal and informal events.

He was also a humanitarian and philanthropist who made a significant impact on his clan, community and country.

He is survived by his wife, siblings, many children, grandchildren and extended family.

The vigil and song service will be held at ECWA Church Lemu Road, Tudun Wada Kaduna on November 29, 2023 by 4pm.

General YY Kure will be buried on December 1, 2023 in his hometown, Kurumin Musa, Kachia Local Government Area of ​​Kaduna State.


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