Buhari mourns ex-defence minister, Domkat Bali

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, commiserated with wife, family members and friends of a former Minister of Defence, Domkat Bali, over his death.

The President’s condolence message was contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled, “President Buhari mourns Domkat Bali.”

Shehu said the President spoke with the widow, Esther, on Friday to commiserate with her.

He added that a government delegation led by the Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (retd.), has been constituted to visit the family of the deceased.

The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with the people and government of Plateau State over the passing of an illustrious son and highly decorated retired military officer, Gen. Domkat Bali, who served the country as Minister of Defence.

“The President, who spoke with the wife of the deceased, Esther on Friday, also commiserated with other family members, friends and professional associates of the former member of the Supreme Military Council and Armed Forces Ruling Council, after rising through the ranks, with a distinguished military career, reaching the peak as Chief of Defence Staff.

“President Buhari believes the records of bravery and patriotism of Gen. Bali, the Ponzhi Tarok, will continue to inspire young military officers, while the foundation he laid in all the commands he headed will always be remembered.

“The President has also constituted a delegation led by the Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (retd.) to visit the family, and condole with government and people of the state over the loss.

“President Buhari prays that the almighty God will receive the soul of the departed and comfort his family.”

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