By our reporter| President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday commiserated with the people and government of Plateau State over the passing of highly-decorated retired military officer and former Minister of Defence, Gen. Domkat Bali.
Bali, former minister of defence, died at the age of 80.
The Plateau state born General, who served as minister of defence and member of the supreme military council between 1984 and 1985, and the armed forces ruling council of 1985 to 1990, died on Friday.
He was joint chief of staff between 1984 and 1985 when President Muhammadu Buhari was head of state.
The octogenarian retired as a decorated military officer in 1990. In December 2010, he emerged as Ponzhi Tarok, paramount ruler of the Langtang in Plateau state.
The President’s condolence statement signed by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said Buhari has spoken with the deceased’s wife, Esther.
“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 statement said.
“The President has also constituted a delegation led by the Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd) 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.”