President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the people and government of Plateau State over the passing of one of its illustrious sons and highly decorated retired military officer, Gen. Domkat Bali.
Bali died on Friday, aged 80 years.
Bali, who was a respected military officer, served as Minister of Defence and Chief of Defence Staff at different points in his career.
He was also member of the highest decision making body of government during the military era in the 1980s.
He was a member of the Supreme Military Council from 1984 to 1985 during the military regime of Major General Muhammadu Buhari.
A statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said Buhari spoke with the deceased’s wife, Esther on Friday, and commiserated with other family members, friends and professional associates of the former member of the Supreme Military Council and Armed Forces Ruling Council.
The statement quoted President Buhari as expressing the belief that 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 (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,” the statement added.