By Sam Kayode
Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, on Wednesday, led a delegation on condolence visit to the bereaved family of late Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkushu.
The Governor on arrival met the family of the late General which included his widow and five children at Ribadu Cantonment in Kaduna City.
Spokesman to the governor Isa Gusau in a statement said that the governor directed the immediate release of N20m as instant support to the General’s family from the government.
Gusau added that a similar instant support will be made to families of other soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice alongside their commander of the 28 task force brigade General Zirkushu.
Zulum was received at the airport by Kaduna State’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, and Garrison Commander of the Nigerian Army’s One Division, Brigadier General Opuene.
The Governor visited General Zirkushu’s family alongside Borno’s three Senators, Kashim Shettima, Mohammed Ndume and Abubakar Kyari.
Others included in the sympathy team included the State Chairman of All Progressive Congress APC, Ali Dalori, and two Members of House of the Representatives, Haruna Mshelia and Ahmad Jaha, whose constituencies include Chibok where General Zirkushu held fort as the most senior officer before insurgents cut short his life in an ambush while he led a counter support of men to stop them from tormenting the people of Askira.
Zulum met with the widow of the late General Blessing Zirkushu, and her five children, after being received by Gurdebil Zirkushu, a brother to the late General among other family members.
Governor Zulum consoled the family and urged them to take solace in the heroic legacy bequeathed to them by their bread winner who was highly committed to his calling.
Zulum said the people of Borno will remain eternally grateful for the sacrifice of the late General and his men who remained resolute along with many others who have made similar sacrifices as well as those in the front lines of the war against insurgency.
N2m more as instant solace for Zikushus from kaduna state government
In addition, the Kaduna State Government has equally announced a donation of N2m also as instant support to the family of late General Zirkushu.
Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, announced the donation shortly after Zulum released N20m to the family.
Aruwan said Kaduna’s support was to compliment Borno in reaching out to the late General’s bereaved family.
Garrison Commander, Brigadier General Opuene, who spoke on behalf of the family and the Nigerian Army, appreciated the Governor and his delegation for traveling from Maiduguri to visit the family.
He described Zulum as a compassionate leader whose support for the military is known to everyone.
Governor Zulum had, in September 2020, donated a similar amount of N20m to support the widow and orphans left behind by late Col. Chiroma Bako, who equally died from wounds sustained while battling Boko Haram insurgents in the same senatorial zone.
Col. Bako was Commander of 25 Task Force Brigade of the then “Operation Lafiya Dole” in charge of Damboa and the surrounding axis in southern Borno.