The House of Representatives on Tuesday recommended that a Nigerian soldier who died over the weekend be given a posthumous promotion to be a colonel.
Muhammad Abu-Ali died in a Boko Haram ambush on Friday night as a lieutenant colonel.
The proposal by the House followed a motion of urgent national concern raised by one of its members from Sokoto, Abdulsamad Dasuki.
Mr. Dasuki in his motion also said the Nigerian government should employ his wife into the civil service and take possession of his children’s education forthwith.
The lawmaker also said all salaries and allowances due to Mr. Abu-Ali should be immediately paid out to his family.
Mr. Abu-Ali and six others were killed in an attack by terrorists in Mallam Fatori, Borno State.
During the discussion on the floor of the House, Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, described the soldier as a dogged and patriotic soldier.
“He proved that in any capacity you can serve the nation with great enthusiasm and commitment,” Mr. Ogor said.
The House observed a one minute silence in honour of Mr. Abu-Ali and other heroes who lost their lives in the November 4 attack.
The House adopted all the recommendations sought by Mr. Dasuki for the family of Mr. Abu-Ali.
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