Buhari eulogises Bali at 80

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Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has attributed the institutionalisation of Nigeria’s security structures to the immense contribution of people like former Defense Minister, General Domkat Bali (Rtd.).

President Buhari gave this attribution in a statement celebrating the former military leaders 80th birthday anniversary, congratulating him for his life and his distinguished military career.

The President, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, charged Gen. Bali to continue to pass his distinguished values of discipline, focus and foresight on to upcoming leaders

“President Muhammadu Buhari rejoices with former Minister of Defence and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Nigerian Armed Forces, General Domkat Bali, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, February 27, 2020, congratulating him for a distinguished military career, and service to the country.

“President Buhari sends warm greetings to family, friends and associates of General Bali, who was pioneer Commandant, Command and Staff College, Jaji, Adjutant General, Nigerian Army and served years as member of the Supreme Military Council/Armed Forces Ruling Council, 1984-1990.

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“As the former minister turns 80, the President affirms that General Bali’s contribution to national development, especially in institutionalizing security structures in the country, deserves commendation, urging him to keep sharing the wisdom of discipline, focus and foresight that gave him an enviable military career with upcoming leaders.

“The President believes the 30 years record of General Bali in public service, 1961-1990, were most historic in the political and economic development of Nigeria, and his rise from a Cadet Officer in 1961 to a General, before retirement in 1990, clearly showed dedication, loyalty and commitment to national growth.

“President Buhari prays that almighty God will grant the former Minister of Defence longer life, good health and strength to keep serving the nation, and humanity”, the statement said.