…As Useni leads delegation to condole with family
By Henry Umoru
ABUJA — THE Senate, yesterday, asked the Federal Government to immortalise former Chief of Army Staff, COAS, late Lieutenant General Victor Malu (retd), by naming a national monument in his honour for his meritorious service to the nation while alive.
The Senate also observed a minute silence in his honour, and sent a delegation to condole with the family of the deceased, the people and government of Benue State over the loss..
The five-man delegation, which has Senator Jeremiah Useni (PDP, Plateau South East) as Chairman, has Senators Theodore Orji (PDP, Abia Central); Sani Mustapha (APC, Niger South); Andrew Uchendu (APC, Rivers East) and Fatima Raji-Rasaki (PDP, Ekiti Central) as members.
The decision of the Senate was sequel to a motion by Senator Barnabas Gemade (APC Benue North-East), co-sponsored by Senators George Akume (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); Emmanuel Bwacha, PDP, Taraba South; Joshua Dariye (APC, Plateau Central) and Ali Wakili (APC Bauchi South).
The motion is entitled, “Demise of Lieutenant General Victor Samuel Malu (retd), DSS, MNI, FWC, PSC.”
In his presentation, Senator Gemade said: “The Senate notes with heavy heart and a deep sense of loss, the demise of Lieutenant General Samuel Victor Malu (retd), former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) at the early hours of Sunday October 9th, 2017, at the age of 70 years.”
“Notes also that Lieutenant General Samuel Victor Malu, retd, was born on January 15th, 1947; in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State in North Central Nigeria;
“Notes further that Lieutenant General Samuel Victor Malu (Rtd), enrolled into the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna in 1967 as part of the legendary 3rd Regular Course and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant enlisted upon graduation in 1970.
“He subsequently attended courses at the Command and Staff College (CSC) Jaji, and National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru in Jos.
“Convinced that through dint of hard work, dedication and commitment to professionalism, Lieutenant General Samuel Victor Malu (Rtd), rose to the pinnacle of his military career. He became Commander ECOWAS Peace-Keeping Force ECOMOG and later Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Nigerian Army.”
“Aware also that Lieutenant General Samuel Victor Malu (Rtd), served the Army and Country in various capacities as: Chief Instructor, Nigerian Military School, Zaria;
General Officer Training, Army Headquarters; Commander, 7 Mechanized Brigade
Commander ECOWAS Peace-Keeping Force ECOMOG (1996 – 1998) and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) 1999 – 2001.
“Observes that Lieutenant General Samuel Victor Malu (Rtd), was a proud Awardee of National and several prestigious military awards/honours such as: Force Service Star (FSS); Meritorious Service Star (MSS) and Distinguished Service Star (DSS); Member National Institute (Mni); Pass Staff College (PSS);
“Notes that as Commander ECOMOG, Lieutenant General Samuel Victor Malu (Rtd) is globally applauded for his diligence and professionalism in turning the fortunes of that sub-regional peace force around during the Liberian first civil war;