COAS donates N2m to veteran actor Usmañ Baba-Pategi



The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, on Monday, donated million naira veteran actor, Usman Baba Pategi, popularly known as Samanja Mazan Fama, in Kaduna.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the COAS made the donation when he visited the veteran actor at his residence.

NAN reports that the artist debunked rumours that made the rounds about his death on social media a few days back.

The COAS was represented by Brig.-Gen  Vitalis Okoro, Chief of Staff the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna.

Yahaya explained that he was informed of the health challenges of the veteran actor and felt obliged lend some support.

He said Nigerian Army takes pride in identifying with notable public figures have made positive impact on the society.

According him, Nigerian Army was excited about how Samanja positively projected the image of the army by giving the Nigerian public, an insight into how life in army barracks looked like.

“With this important role, he was able carve a niche for himself in the entertainment industry.

“Besides, all that Samanja had done in casting the army in a positive light, he remains an icon of the Nigerian army,“ he said.

While responding, the visibly elated Samanja, recalled with nostalgia, his stint in the army, expressed his immense gratitude the COAS for identifying with him.

He called on all Nigerians be patriotic and prayed for the continued peaceful coexistence of Nigeria.

He called on youths always engage in meaningful projects that will benefit them in life.

Also, one of his daughters, Miss Amina Usman, described her father as a caring and loving father.

She appreciated the Nigerian Army for identifying with the Samanja family. (NAN).