MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, on Tuesday announced a donation of a house and N20 million to the widow and orphans of late Colonel Dahiru Bako, who died from wounds sustained by Boko Haram.
The insurgents had ambushed the Commander’s troop on Sunday morning.
The late Colonel Bako was the Commander of 25 Task Force Brigade of Operation Lafiya Dole in charge of Damboa and surrounding axis in southern Borno.
The governot described the Commander as one who inspired his troops and led them in the frontline with exceptional courage clearly out of pure patriotism.
Zulum, at the burial of the late Commander on Tuesday, paid glowing tributes, adding that Col Bako was one of the greatest in trying to stabilize not only Borno but the neighbouring Yobe State.
“We will remember his contributions forever, may almighty Allah reward him, and forgive him.
“Indeed it is a very sad moment, this is not a loss to the family of Late Col. Dahiru Chiroma Bako alone, nor the Nigerian Army, but a loss to Borno and indeed Nigeria.
“Col. Bako was a gallant and dogged military officer, under whose watch Damboa was never defeated. He is humble and committed in discharging his duties, he is part of the successes recorded in degrading boko haram insurgency in Borno State.
“To his family, may Allah give them fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. To all the soldiers and officers of the Nigerian Army that lost their lives, may Almighty Allah reward and forgive them. The injured ones we pray for their quick recovery.
“I am reliably informed that Col. Bako did not have a house of his own. We cannot ignore the family he left behind. We share their grief and nothing can equal his life. Nevertheless, I am pleased to announce that Borno State Government will build a befitting house for the family.
“I was also told that the Nigerian Army under the distinguished leadership of Lt. General Tukur Buratai, has offered a scholarship to his children, we will also support the family to compliment the efforts of the military.
“For the welfare of his family, Borno State Government will relase the sum of 20 million as support for them. A cheque to that effect will be ready later today or tomorrow morning,” he said.