Gov. Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has urged Nigerians to support the families of gallant servicemen, who died in the course of defending the sovereignty of the country.

El-Rufai made the call in Kaduna on Thursday when he paid a condolence visit to the widow and children of the late Lt.-Col. Abu Ali, who lost his life along with other soldiers in Malam Fatori area of Borno.

He said: “I am here to condole with the wife and children of our gallant and courageous military officer, Lt.-Col. Muhammad Abu Ali and other soldiers, who paid the supreme sacrifice for the sovereignty and integrity of the Nigerian State.

“From what we have been hearing about Muhammad Abu Ali from his colleagues and Nigerians, it is a confirmation, that Muhammad was a patriot, a gentleman, a man of humility, who lived and died for Nigeria and humanity.

“And may Almighty God grant his soul eternal rest.

“I am using this opportunity to appeal to Nigerians to support families of our heroes; they need our prayers, support and care.

“We should always identify with them and show them love.’’

According to him, they need the inspiration and compassion of well-meaning Nigerians in view of the sacrifices their breadwinners made for the survival of the country.

Alhaji Muhammadu Haruna, who received the governor on behalf of the family, expressed appreciation to the governor for commiserating with the family.