HOUSE of Representatives yesterday urged the federal government to immortalise the late Lt. Col Abu Ali by promoting him to the rank of a Colonel. This is coming on the heels of the visit yesterday, of President Buhari’s wife, Aisha to the family of the slain soldier. The House also urged the federal government to promote the other six soldiers, who were killed alongside Ali to their next ranks accordingly. The resolution followed a motion on matters of urgent public importance sponsored by Hon. Abdussamad Dasuki (APCSokoto). Leading the debate, Dasuki called on the federal government to offer Ali’s wife automatic employment and the children educational scholarship up to university level. The lawmaker advocated for accelerated disbursement of all benefits accruable to the families of the deceased. In his contribution, the Minority Leader, Hon. Leo Ogor (PDPDelta) described Ali as a dogged military personnel who served the nation with patriotism. He said the late Ali proved that in any capacity, one could serve the nation with great enthusiasm and commitment. Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai (PDP-Delta) described the death of the soldiers as unfortunate. “Ali became a nemesis to the Boko Haram, but his triumphs over the group’s plot to stop him only made him braver in the battlefield. “It could be recalled that Ali’s exceptional gallantry earned him accelerated promotion from Major to Lt. Col in September 2015.
“Having paid the highest price in defence of one’s nation, the question that should come to haunt Nigerians is a befitting way to immortalise such valour,’’ Ossai said. The House Minority Whip, Hon Yakubu Bade said the event was an unfortunate incident capable of demoralising other troops and arming their killers with a strong tool of propaganda. A minute of silence was therefore observed by all members on the floor in respect of the fallen heroes. Speaker of the House, Hon Yakubu Dogara mandated the Committee on Defence to ensure that the executive complies with the resolution. Nigerian Pilot recalls that Ali and the six others were killed by the insurgents on Friday while prosecuting the war against Boko Haram in Mallam Fatori, Borno State.

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