Posted: May 16, 2013 in Da Grace Race, Dairy of a Freeman, Family, The Grind Theorem

The Late Flying Officer Ayuba Joab, before a flight on 1st March 2013


The journey began on 9th September 1998 when we commenced military and academic training at the Nigerian Military School Zaria. We began as boy soldiers from different backgrounds. We branded you as ‘Ayuba Joab’ and affectionately nicknamed you Schwepps. Bonds grew and we all became brothers, oblivious of tribe or religion – I never knew until your demise that you were from the Kaltungo tribe in Azare Local Government Area of Gombe State. Esprit de corps grew and all we knew is that we were brothers commonly clad in starched military khakis and camouflage. 

The journey went on as you distinguished yourself as one of the best graduating student of the NMS 98 set. You and others went on to accept the ultimate challenge of entering the Gateway to Generalship with a mandate to defend our country at whatever cost.

I recall the days we shared slum books and wonder what future ambitions you had filled. Nevertheless at the Nigerian Defence Academy you decided to become a neurosurgeon under the Nigerian Navy and later altered those plans for a career in the Nigerian Air Force. You distinguished yourself as a gallant member of the 57th Regular Course and proceeded for training at the Hellenic Air Force Academy in Greece.

Then came the fatal moment when in response to the call to help fight terror under the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA), the Alpha Fighter Jet you manned alongside Squadron Leader Benjamin Bem Ado crashed in non-combat flight in Dargol village some 60 KM from Niamey. Can words fully express our loss? 

The Late Flying Officer Ayuba Joab, After a flight on 1st March 2013


But we take solace in the fact that you died helping others find freedom. We are glad that even in dying your brilliance shone as you died as the youngest T – Winged fighter pilot in the entire Nigerian Air Force. 

We bid you and the equally brave Squadron Leader Benjamin Bem Ado farewell. We pray your bereaved takes solace in the fact that you left behind a strongly bonded NMS Ex-Boys family who will carry on the values you stood for.

We give you our last physical salutes as you are lowered into the earth, but be assured that we shall always be saluting in our minds; though you’ve slept in this life you shall never sleep in our minds.

Your favourite quote as published on your facebook page reads – Peace is not the absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition of benevolence and love. I know you have now found that peace you so described. 

Sleep on gallant soldier. The candle you lit by your brilliant life is not out, but shall flicker from now blown by the cold winds of death. Adieu.

Tribute by
Theophilus (Terungwa Tyough) Amenger


  1. Abdulrahman Haruna says:

    What a legacy u kept…may tour gentle soul rest in perfect peace…AMEEN

  2. Yusuf says:

    RIP Ayuba.

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