|DOD||4th NOV. 2016|
Lt. Col. M. Abu Ali, was born on 15th of August, 1980 into the family of His Royal Highness, Brigadier General Abu Ali (Rtd), a first class traditional ruler in Kogi state of Etsu Bassa. His father was a former Governor of Bauchi State during the General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida’s regime between 1990-1992 who later retired as Brigadier General in 1998 and was crowned the Emir of Etsu Bassa in Kogi state that same year.
That same year still, Lt. Col Abu enrolled in the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) for five years Cadet Programme. Aged 36 years, he died on the 4th Nov. 2016 at 10:00 pm. Col. Slim, as he was fondly called by his colleagues is a great philanthropist, loved by his colleagues and family. Being royalty, he still decided to pledge and honor the call to bring unity, justice, and love to the nation. He fought a good fight of faith and conquered what many feared.
He was the commanding officer of the 272 Task Force Tank Battalion when the terrorist attacked the 119 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, located at Mallam Fatori, Northern Borno State. He also participated in the cleaning operation along Adamawa led by the 7 Division task force to recapture Monguno and Baga. For this effort, he was brought back to Baga, Borno to clear Kangawa up to Mallam Fatori.
Subsequently, the Lt. Col. succeeded in clearing the Boko Haram terrorist group in Borno state. He was a dedicated, honest and fearless soldier, a reason for his promotion as the only member of the 50th regular course who has attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on the back of his accelerated promotion on September 2015. He was promoted by Lt.
Gen. Buratai from a Major to an LT. Colonel for his great contribution during the war against terrorism and was commended by President Mohammadu Buhari for his gallantry effort. The Planned Army raid of Sambisa forest was his next assignment before his untimely death.
This week, thousands and millions of Nigerians are celebrating his effort in bringing peace to Borno, a state that has been terrorized by Boko haram for more than six years now. Lt. Col. Muhammed Abu Ali will greatly be missed by his wife Samira Abu Ali, his children, Father and his extended family.