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Buhari Mourns As Former Defence Minister Dies


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A former Minister of Defence in Nigeria, General Domkat Bali has died at the age of 80.

The President, Muhammadu Buhari has therefore commiserated with the family, friends and government of plateau state over the death of the general.

A statement on Friday by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu noted that Buhari has spoken with Esther, the widow of the late general to commiserate with her.

Furthermore, a federal government delegation led by the Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (retd.) has been constituted to pay a condolence visit to the family of the deceased as well as the government of Plateau State.

The statement titled “President Buhari mourns Domkat Bali,” reads: “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.

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