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Victor Malu: Senate urges Nigerian govt to immortalise late Army Chief

The Senate yesterday urged the federal government to immortalize the former Chief of Army Staff, COAS, late Lt. Gen. Victor Samuel Malu by naming any national monument in his honour for his meritorious service to the nation while alive.

Members of the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly also observed a minute silence for the late Army Chief, just as they sent a delegation to condole with the family, the people and government of Benue state over the loss.

The Senate’s decision followed a motion by Senator Barnabas Gemade (APC, Benue North-East) and co-sponsored by Senators George Akuma (APC, Benue North-west), Jeremiah Useni (PDP, Plateau South), Jonah Jang (PDP Plateau North), Abdul-Aziz Nyako (APC, Adamawa Central), Fatimah Raji-Rasaki (PDP, Ekiti Central) and Ali Wakili (APC, Bauchi Central).

In his lead debate on the motion, Senator Gemade said the senate noted “with heavy heart and a deep sense of loss, the demise of Lt.-Gen. Samuel Victor Malu (retd), the former Chief of Army Staff at the early hours of Sunday, October 9, 2017, at the age of 70 years.”

He said the deceased, who served as the Commander, ECOWAS Peace-Keeping Force, ECOMOG, from 1996 – 1998, was globally applauded for his diligence and professionalism in turning the fortune of the sub-regional peace force around during the Liberian first civil war.

Gemade observed that as Chief of Army Staff, Malu “doggedly canvassed and undertook reforms aimed at preserving apolitical Army with a deep sense of professionalism,” adding that “it is on record that he did not accept any political appointment throughout his work life.”

In his contribution, Senator Akume described the deceased as “a patriotic and dedicated Nigerian military officer,” saying he was a soldier’s soldier and one of the greatest General Officers Commanding that the country had ever produced.

“General Malu demonstrated gallantry as the ECOMOG Commander in Liberia and later received a lot of medals and laurels for his distinguished performance in the Nigerian Army.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, commiserated with the family, people and government of Benue state over the loss.

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