- The people of Gombe state have been plunged into grief
- This is as the first military governor of the northwestern state, Alhaji Usman Faruk, passed away
- The former police commissioner died on Friday and President Muhammadu Buhari has described him as a true patriot
Usman Faruk, first military governor of the northwestern state, has died, plunging the people of Gombe into mourning.
The former military governor died on Friday, December 18. He served as the northwestern state military governor from 1967 to 1975 after it was split off from the old northern region during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon.
Reacting to his demise, President Muhammadu Buhari described Faruq as an upright patriot who dedicated his life to the unity of the nation.
Buhari, who spoke through a statement by his media and publicity spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said the former commissioner of police remained an epitome of kindness and humility.
Part of the statement read:
“The President also extends condolences to the government and people of Gombe State, observing that their eminent son and Jarman Gombe, dedicated his life and energy to the unity of the country.
“President Buhari also notes Alhaji Faruk’s commitment to the development of his community even after retirement, stressing that he remained an epitome of kindness and humility.
“As the remains of the former crack police detective and author are interred Friday, the President prays that Allah will comfort all who mourn the octogenarian statesman and accept his soul."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Domkat Bali, former minister of defence, 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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