Former Minister of Defence, General Domkat Yah Bali, is dead.
Bali, who was a member of the Supreme Military Council from 1984 to 1985 during the Major General Muhammadu Buhari military regime, died on Friday at the age of 80.
Bali also served as member of the Armed Forces Ruling Council from 1985 to 1990 during the regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the people and government of Plateau, home state of the deceased.
In a statement by his media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, described Bali as a brave soldier.
The statement said that Mr. President had spoken with the wife of the deceased, Mrs. Esther Bali, to commiserate her and other family members.
The statement recalled that the late Bali rose through the ranks, with a distinguished military career to attain the peak office of the Chief of Defence Staff.
According to the statement, Buhari believed that the records of bravery and patriotism of Bali, the Ponzhi Tarok, would continue to inspire young military officers, while the foundation he laid in all the commands he headed would always be remembered.
The statement added that the president also constituted a delegation led by the Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd.), to visit the family of the late Bali, and condole with the government and people of the state over the loss.
It also said Buhari prayed the almighty God would receive the soul of the departed and comfort his family.