Borno Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum has announced a cash donation of N20 million and a house to the widow and children of Col. Dahiru Chiroma Bako who was killed following a Boko Haram ambush on his vehicle on Sunday.
The governor disclosed this at the burial of the late gallant officer on Tuesday in Maiduguri.
Zulum while paying tributes to late Col. Bako said the loss is not just to the family of the late officer or the Army but also to the entire Borno state and Nigeria at large.
Zulum, at the burial of the late Commander in Maiduguri on Tuesday, paid glowing tributes and announced Borno State government will build a befitting house for the family of the late officers, and cash donation to family of the deceased for their welfare.
His words: “Indeed it is a very sad moment, this is not a loss to the family of Late Col. Dahiru Chiroma Bako alone, not to the Nigerian Military, it is a loss to Borno and indeed Nigeria.”
“Col. Bako was a gallant and dogged military officer, under whose watch Damboa was never defeated. He is humble and committed in discharging his duties; he is part of the success recorded in degrading boko haram insurgency in Borno State.”
“He has been one of the greatest in trying to stabilize not only Borno but even the neighbouring Yobe State. We will remember his contributions forever, may almighty Allah reward him, and forgive him.”
“To his family may they bear this irreparable loss. To all the soldiers and officers of the Nigerian Military that lost their lives, may Almighty Allah reward and forgive them. The injured ones we pray for their quick recovery.”
“I am reliably informed that Col. Bako did not have a house of his own. We cannot ignore the family he left behind. We share their grief and nothing can equal his life. Nevertheless, I am pleased to announce that Borno State Government will build a befitting house for the family of late Col. Bako. I was also told that the Nigerian Army under the distinguished leadership of Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has offered a scholarship to his children, we will also support the family to compliment the efforts of the military.”
“For the welfare of his family, Borno State Government will release the sum of 20 million as support for them. A cheque to that effect will be ready later today or tomorrow,” morning” Zulum said.
The Governor had on Sunday night expressed sadness on the news of Bako’s demise.
Zulum described the Commander as one who inspired his troops and led them in the frontline with exceptional courage which was clearly out of pure patriotism.
He had also said the death of Bako and heroes like him shall not be in vain.
From neighboring Yobe, the death of Col. Bako came as a shock to Gov. Mai Mala Buni and the entire people of the State.
Buni through his Director General Media and Press Affairs, Mamman Mohammed described Late Bako as a fearless and thoroughbred professional who committed his life for the service of fatherland, adding that, “He fought insurgency with exceptional commitment and vigor until his last breath.”
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