17th November, 2021
Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, on Wednesday, directed the immediate release of N20m to support the family of late Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkushu.
Zulum made the donation as he led a delegation on a condolence visit to the bereaved family.
Zulum’s spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, however, confirmed that the money has been paid as directed.
Gusau added that support will be made to families of soldiers who died alongside General Zirkushu.
Zulum was received at the airport by Kaduna State’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, and Garrison Commander of the Nigerian Army’s One Division, Brigadier General T. Opuene.
The Governor visited General Zirkushu’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. Haruna Mshelia and Ahmad Jaha, who both represent constituencies that include Chibok where late General Zirkushu was commanding the 28 Task Force Brigade, and Askira-Uba which was attacked by insurgents, for which the General died.
Zulum met Mrs. Blessing Zirkushu, widow of the late General and her five children, after being received by Mr. Gurdebil Zirkushu, a brother to the late General among other family members.
Governor Zulum 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.