The governor of Plateau State, Barr. Simon Bako Lalong, has described late General Domkat Yah Bali, a former Minister and Chief of Defence Staff, as an epitome of humility, courage and integrity.
The governor stated this on Monday, during the funeral service for the late Chief of Defence Staff, held at the Headquarters of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) Jos, Plateau State.
According to a statement by the governor’s Director of Press & Public Affairs, Makut Simon Macham, Lalong said throughout General Bali’s lifetime, he demonstrated discipline, commitment, diligence and valour in his duties where he rose to the peak of his career retiring as a four-star General.
The governor according to the statement, highlighted integrity as General Bali’s most cherished virtue, which he said the late General always displayed even at his last moments.
“He was a man who had a lot of opportunities in life but was never arrogant or haughty. He remainded principled, steadfast and truthful in his dealings. Indeed he brought pride to Plateau State as a worthy son who accomplished a lot in his service to the nation. The State will miss him” the Governor said.
In his tribute, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin said the nation and its Armed Forces will always be grateful for the service the late General Bali offered in protecting the territorial integrity of Nigeria.
In the funeral sermon, the COCIN Vice President, Rev. Dr. Obed Dashan, said the life of the late General should motivate those still living to submit their lives to Jesus Christ in order to gain eternity just as late Bali did when he accepted salvation.
He also reminded the congregation to always prepare for death which is inevitable and can come at the time least expected.