Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has condoled with the family of Etsu of Bassa-Nge Kingdom of the state, Abu-Ali, over the death of his son Muhammed Abu Ali.
This is contained in a condolence message issued by the Chief Press Secetary to the governor, Petra Onyegbule, on Saturday.
Mr. Ali, a Lt. Col., was one of five soldiers killed in an ambush by Boko Haram terrorist group in Borno on Friday.
Mr. Ali was described by the Army as an outstanding officer who led troops to liberate Baga town.
He was also known for his good knowledge and deployment of tanks which helped the Army overrun the terrorists during many battles in the north east.
Gov. Bello described his death as unfortunate and “a monumental loss to Kogi State and Nigeria”.
Governor Bello said the late colonel “was a gallant officer who served the nation with his all and paid the supreme price by laying down his life for the peace of the country”.
He also said the late soldiers would be remembered for his sacrifice and commitment to the cause of the Nigerian Army to rid the country of insurgency.
“Kogi State and indeed Nigerians will never forget your gallantry as you led a team of the Nigerian Army to recapture Baga from the control of terrorists and your death while in active service, gallant soldier,” the governor said.
Governor Bello extended his condolences to the Etsu of Bassa-Nge Kingdom, himself a retired Brigadier General, over the “devastating loss”.
“Allah giveth and He taketh, from Him we came and to Him we return. May Allah give you the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.
“May Almighty Allah grant late Lt. Col. Muhammed Abu Aljannah Firdaus. Ameen,” Mr. Bello said.