Gov. Bello made this call while on a condolence visit to the family of late Lt. Col Muhammad Abu Ali in Kaduna on Sunday, 20th November. He was accompanied by the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Imam Umar, where they met with the widow of the deceased, Mrs Samira Abu Ali, and the three children.
Gov. Bello, while acknowledging the improvement in the welfare of soldiers, which has resulted in the increased morale of the rank and file and a decimation of insurgency in the North East, asked that military men and women be treated with respect and dignity as they continue to sacrifice their all for our peace and unity.
"We must give honour to whom it is due and our soldiers deserve the best of everything. They give up their comfort, happiness and families just to keep the rest of us safe. They must be encouraged and I call on the Federal Government to make their welfare and that of the families of the soldiers that we lose top priority. No member of a soldier's family should suffer financially when we they die."
Recall that Lt. Col Abu Ali was killed by Boko Haram insurgents on November 4 at Mallam Fatori in Borno State. He was 36 years old. Nigeria and Nigerians mourned him.