Borno Governor Visits Late Gen. Zirkusu’s Family, Gifts N20m

Borno Governor Visits Late Gen. Zirkusu’s Family, Gifts N20m

By Hassan Jirgi

Borno state governor, Babagana Umaru Zulum, has paid a condolence visit on the bereaved family of late Brig.-Gen. Dzarma Zirkusu who died in Borno during a fierce encounter with terrorists.

The governor met the family at Ribadu Cantonment in Kaduna, during which he gave N20 million as support to the General’s family.

In a statement by Zulum’s spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, which was made available to newsmen, added that support will be made to families of soldiers who died alongside General Zirkusu.

Two members of House of Repsresentatives; Haruna Mshelia and Ahmad Jaha, who both represent constituencies that include Chibok where late General Zirkusu was commanding the 28 Task Force Brigade, and Askira-Uba which was attacked by insurgents, for which the General died.

Zulum met Mrs. Blessing Zirkusu, widow of the late General and her five children, after being received by Mr. Gurdebil Zirkusu, a brother to the late General among other family members.

The governor consoled the family and urged them to take solace in the heroic legacy bequeathed to them by the late General.

Zulum said the people of Borno will remain eternally grateful for the sacrifice of the late General and other soldiers who died with him, along with many others who made similar sacrifices as well as those in the front lines.

Meanwhile, Kaduna State Government has announced a donation of N2 million to also support the family of late General Zirkusu.

Hon Aruwan, Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, announced the donation shortly after Governor Zulum released N20 million to the family.

Aruwan said Kaduna’s support was to compliment Borno in reaching out to the late General’s bereaved family.

Garrison Commander, Brig.-Gen. 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.

Our correspondent learnt that he, Governor Zulum visited General Zirkusu’s family alongside Borno’s three Senators, Kashim Shettima, Mohammed Ali Ndume and Abubakar Kyari; the State Chairman of APC, Ali Bukar Dalori, and two members of House of the Representatives, Dr. Zainab Gimba.

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