President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday rejoices with former Minister of Defence and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Nigerian Armed Forces, General Domkat Bali.
A statement signed by a Special Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina, said, the President congratulated Mr Bali for a distinguished military career, and service to the country, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, February 27.
The statement said: “President Buhari sends warm greetings to family, friends and associates of General Bali, who was pioneer Commandant, Command and Staff College, Jaji, Adjutant General, Nigerian Army.
“He served years as member of the Supreme Military Council/Armed Forces Ruling Council, 1984-1990.”
Mr Buhari said, as the former minister turns 80, the President affirms that General Bali’s contribution to national development, especially in institutionalizing security structures in the country, deserves commendation.
Mr Buhari therefore urged him to keep sharing the wisdom of discipline, focus and foresight that gave him an enviable military career with upcoming leaders.
According to the President, the 30 years record of General Bali in public service, 1961-1990, were most historic in the political and economic development of Nigeria.
He pointed out that his rise from a Cadet Officer in 1961 to a General, before retirement in 1990, clearly showed dedication, loyalty and commitment to national growth.
Mr Buhari prays that almighty God will grant the former Minister of Defence longer life, good health and strength to keep serving the nation, and humanity.