A very erudite scholarHe was an exceptional student, excellent in the sciences. An outstanding scholar, he graduated from the Medical College of the University of Nigeria and was the star of his class.The one million dollar questionI still cannot explain why he joined the Army. I remember asking his high-school bestie Toni Ukachukwu ”What’s Dr. Laco doing with the Army?” But when I spoke to him years ago, I understood. He wanted to serve Nigeria.READ ALSO:No doubt, if he did not join the Army, he would have a been a consultant surgeon now, like our friend Dr. Opara Augustine, a consultant plastic surgeon, who sat beside me in class. But he chose this nation, and served with the brave soldiers who fight despite the amorphousness of the present leadership.A disciplined comradeHe was the labour captain of our set. Heloved order and was a stickler for discipline. Very impatient with nonsense, but with a great sense of humour.My friend Victor was an officer and gentleman. He may have retired into teaching because he loved to teach struggling students Mathematics and Physics.Photos: Tears flow like rivers as anothergallant Nigerian hero is killed by Boko HaramDeath has no humourHe always had a mischievous smile, and nice lines in Igbo language for his many satires. He had the ability to cracka rib tearing joke, and just remain expressionless.
This death is like a big joke on me. BokoHaram is taking just too much- and not just soldiers, but the best — the very best– of our men.In a country where the military may deny you honour, I pay you this tribute. Gallant!Adieu my friend, Dr. Ulasi Victor.”