Domkat Bali: Ex-defence minister dies at 80, Buhari mourns

Domkat Bali: Ex-defence minister dies at 80, Buhari mourns

- The people of Plateau state have been plunged into mourning

- This is as Ponzhi Tarok, the paramount ruler of the Langtang Domkat Bali, passed away

- The former defence minister died on Friday at the age of 80 as President Muhammadu Buhari hailed the former officer

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Domkat Bali, former minister of defence, has passed away at the age of 80, plunging his family and close associates into tears and grief.

The octogenarian died on Friday, December 4. Bali was joint chief of staff between 1984 and 1985 when President Muhammadu Buhari was head of state.

He retired as a decorated military officer in 1990 and later emerged as Ponzhi Tarok, the paramount ruler of the Langtang in Plateau state, in December 2010.

He was a minister of defence and member of the supreme military council between 1984 and 1985, and the armed forces ruling council of 1985 to 1990.

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Domkat Bali: Ex-defence minister dies at 80, Buhari mourns
Ex-defence minister Domkat Bali died at 80 in Plateau state on Friday. Credit: The Cable
Source: UGC

In a condolence message to the family of the deceased by the president through his senior media aide Garba Shehu, Buhari described Bali as "an illustrious son and highly decorated retired military officer."

The president, who said he has spoken to Esther, the widow of the deceased, hailed him (Bali) for his "records of bravery and patriotism."

"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."

Buhari said he 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.

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