By Ismaila Chafe
Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has rejoiced with former Minister of Defence and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Nigerian Armed Forces, Gen. Domkat Bali, on the occasion of his 80th birthday on Feb. 27, 2020,
The president, in a congratulatory message by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, congratulated Bali for a distinguished military career, and service to the country.
President Buhari also rejoiced with family, friends and associates of Gen. Bali, who was pioneer Commandant, Command and Staff College, Jaji, Adjutant General, Nigerian Army and served as member of the Supreme Military Council/Armed Forces Ruling Council, 1984-1990.
According to the president, Bali’s contribution to national development, especially in institutionalizing security structures in the country, deserves commendation.
He urged the elder statesman to keep sharing the wisdom of discipline, focus and foresight that gave him an enviable military career with upcoming leaders.
The President believed the 30 years record of Bali in public service, 1961-1990, were most historic in the political and economic development of Nigeria, and his rise from a Cadet Officer in 1961 to a General, before retirement in 1990, clearly showed dedication, loyalty and commitment to national growth.
He prayed that almighty God would grant the former Minister of Defence longer life, good health and strength to keep serving the nation, and humanity.