Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, has mourned the death of the Commander of 25 Task Force Brigade of Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. D.C. Bako, who was mortally wounded in a battle with insurgents.
A statement by the governor’s spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau, on Monday said the sacrifice by Bako and other heroes, will not be in vain.
The Colonel was confirmed dead by the Army from injuries sustained in combat around Damboa in the southern part of Borno on Sunday.
The statement by the governor’s spokesman read, “Bako was a true soldier who inspired his troops and led them to front lines with exceptional courage that was clearly out of pure patriotism. He fought very hard and very well.
“He defeated many enemies of peace and protected many sons and daughters of Borno State to the extent that he gave his life defending the people of Borno. By the grace of God, the supreme sacrifices made by Col. Bako and many other heroes like him in the armed forces shall not be in vain.
“The death of our heroes, sad as it is, only reinforces our confidence in the strong will exhibited by our gallant troops and volunteers, that defending our country comes ahead of everything. The people of Borno will forever be grateful to the late Col. Bako and everyone like him.
“I share the grief of Col. Bako’s family and the families of all those who have died fighting for Borno. I commiserate with theatre command of operation lafiya Dole in Borno state, the Nigerian army and the entire Nigerian military over the loss of a warrior.
“May the gallant soul of Col. Bako rest peacefully with our God, who rewards good people with unending joy after death. Ameen” the statement quoted Zulum to have said.