The House of Representatives on Tuesday, told the military authorities to give posthumous promotions to Lt. Colonel Muhammad Abu-Ali and the other six soldiers for their heroic feats in combating the Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.
The House specifically recommended that the slain Lt. Col. Abu-Ali who had been on the forefront of prosecuting the war against Boko Haram should be bestowed with posthumous rank of One-Star General (Brigadier General) in the army by the President and Commander-in-Chief.
Other six soldiers killed alongside Abu-Ali who was the Commanding Officer of 272 Task ForceTank Battalion were Sgt. Mu’azu Ibrahim, Sgt. Husain Jafaru, Sgt. Bassey Okon, Cpl. Chukwu Simon, Able Seaman Patrick Paul and Pvt. Salisu Lawal.
The resolution for posthumous promotions to the next ranks of the killed soldiers was sequel to the motion on matter of urgent public importance with the title, “Call to immortalise Lt. Colonel Mohammed Abu Ali and six others who died in the line of duty on November 4, 2016, when Boko Haram terrorists attacked their location in Mallam Fatori, Borno State.”
The House in the motion sponsored by Abdussamad Dasuki who represents Kebbe/Tambunwal Federal Constituency of Sokoto State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, urged the Federal Government to offer the spouses of the killed officers automatic employment and their children educational scholarship to the highest level.
It also called on the President and Commander-in-Chief to award Lt. Col. Abu-Ali and the other six national honours in recognition of their uncommon bravery and service in protecting the country’s territorial integrity, for which they had paid the ultimate price.
The Green Chamber further urged the Federal Government to immortalise Lt. Colonel Abu-Ali by naming a befitting national monument or institution in his honour, as well as accelerate the disbursement of all benefits accruable to the families of the fallen heroes and mandate the Committee on Defence to ensure compliance with the resolution.
Besides, the House resolved that its Committees on Army and Defence should visit the families of the dead soldiers and that the Committee’s on Army, Airforce and Defence should ensure that officers were not allowed to staff for too long at a place. Rep. Dasuki in the motion stated that, “Nigerians are now United in grief in recognition of the heroic feats of the casualties, among them Lt. Colonel Muhammad Abu-Ali.
“Since his death, Lt. Colonel Abu Ali has been a subject of never-ending inspirational stories in the media and private interactions as Nigerians fondly remembered his role in the liberations of towns once captured by the insurgents.
“The death of Lt. Colonel Ali and six other soldiers is an unfortunate incident capable of demoralising other troops and arming their killers with a strong tool of derisory propaganda.”