COAS Donates N2m To Veteran Actor, Samanja

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The Chief of Army Staff, Faruk Yahaya donated the money to the veteran actor, Usman Baba Pategi, popularly known as Samanja Mazan Fama, in Kaduna after he was informed of his health challenges.

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

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

According to 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 to 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, who recalled with nostalgia, his stint in the army, expressed his immense gratitude to the COAS for identifying with him.

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

He called on youths to 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. 


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