TRIBUTES, as Col. J.T Zamani is Laid to Rest
By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna
It was a moment of tributes for “a man of Legacy”, as the remains of late Col. Jackson Tinat Zamani (RTD) was on Saturday laid to rest in Kaduna, at the Military Cementary, Commonwealth War Graves.
Friends, colleagues and family members of the late J.T Zamani, trooped out in their numbers to honour the man many describes as loving, caring, amazing, peaceful, supportive, generous, exceptional, mentor, and a teacher, amongst others.
Col. Zamani, who passed away on Sunday June 30, 2019, after a brave battle battle with illness, until his death was 65 years old. He was survived with his wife, Mrs Henrrieta Obiageli Zamani and four children, among who are Mrs. Talatu Philomena Henry, Executive Director, Zamani Foundation, Mrs Gimbiya Akintunde, Mr Frederick Akut Zamani and Miss Amina Zamani, and many grand children.
Col. J.T Zamani was born 15th March, 1954 of Zamani Agwam Akut and Kali Zamani in Kangwaza Jankasa in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
He attended primary school in Jankasa and proceeded to Nigerian Military School Zaria from 1969 to 1973. He went to the Nigerian Defense Academy and passed out in 1975.
He was commissioned and posted to the Nigerian Army Corps of Supply and Transport (NACST). He served in the Nigerian Army for 35 years until his voluntary retirement in 2003. He was highly commended by his supervising officers as a disciplined, efficient and honest officer who inspired others to do quality work.
TRIBUTE BY HIS FAMILY
Mrs Henrrieta Obiageli Zamani – (His wife)
JT I remember we met when you were serving in Benin. You were young, smart and full of life. More than 40 years later and you were still full of life and humour even close to the end. You were a loving husband, an amazing father and you went above and beyond to help everyone in need. You have left a vacuum that cannot be filled because you are unique
Mrs Talatu Philomena Henry – (First Child)
My teacher, my project supervisor, my mentor, my best friend, my father. You were not just a father to us, you went to great lengths to take care of us. You were loving, peaceful and kind. You helped everyone that came your way. You were a fine gentleman and a gallant soldier you raised us to be close to each other and support each other. Your passing will leave a big hole in the fabric of Atuka Jankasa Kangwaza and you will be dearly missed.
Your life of service as an officer and the Chairman of Zamani foundation has built a legacy which will positively impact thousands of people for many years to come. Thank you daddy. Rest on in the bosom of the Lord.
Mrs Gimbiya Akintunde – (Second Child)
Daddy, thank you for bring an exceptional father that would go to any length for his children. You taught us to pursue peace at all cost. You were generous, kind hearted, peaceful, loving, jovial and God fearing. You touched lives and taught us to do same. I am very proud and grateful to be your daughter.
I love you daddy and would miss you dearly. May your gentle soul rest in peace with the Lord Amen.
Mr Frederick Akut Zamani – (Third Child)
You were an exceptional man
You were an exceptional father
You were an exceptional leader
You were a pace setter
You were a trail blazer
You taught me everything I know
I have become a better man because you were an awesome example. I am happy because I know you are in a beautiful place. Rest on dad. I love you forever!
Miss Amina Zamani – (Fourth Child)
My father, Col JT Zamani was a kind, generous and exceptional human being.
Many have come from far and wide to speak of your many good deeds and acts of kindness.
You have set an example for us all. I love you and miss you but I know you are in a good place.
Rest well daddy.
I love you!
TRIBUTE FROM HIS COURSE MATES AND COLLEAGUE
Gen. Jm Bala Dandarman Atyap – (Course Mate
JT, as we popularly called you. At last you have conquered the evil that attacked you back in 1970 while we were in N.M.S Zaria. It was a gallant fight and you put your all to win. You will be remembered as a reliable friend and brother by all of us that benefited from your loving gestures. Bye, till we meet to part no more in the Great Beyond.
John B. Ajeye Air Core (Rtd) – (Friend And Course Mate)
JT you lived a fulfilled life. You came you saw and you conquered. I really miss you my brother, my friend and a patriotic colleague. Rest in peace.
Major General Ms Saleh (RTD) – (Colleague)
Tinat, may your soul rest in perfect peace. Amen. We your colleagues/brothers saw you in January. the class of 1969, Military School Zaria held a reunion to mark 50 years of our association, you could not attend due to ill health, little did we know that when the next reunion will be celebrated you would have departed this world to rest with your Lord. We love you, but Almighty God, our creator loves you more. Your memories will remain fresh in our minds and thoughts until our own time comes.
May God, Almighty give your family and us all the fortitude to bear your absence.
Adieu brother. Rest in peace
General Zamani Lekwot
Tinat, your death shocked everyone who knows what you stood for during your sojourn on mother earth. But since the Lord who created you has in his wisdom called you home, to Him be the glory. We thank him for your life and pray that he gives you peace in His Blossom. May he also grant us the grace to bear this heavy loss with equanimity Amen.
Agwatyap Sir. Dominic Yahaya
Col Zamani was an illustrious son of Atyap land , a worthy , hardworking gentleman and an upright senior officer. I am proud of him. May his gentle soul rest in peace in the bossom of the Lord.