Alhaji Ali Gellari, father of former Special Adviser on political matters to President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, has died in Gulak, headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State at the age of 96.
According to Daily Sun report, he was among those who were trapped in the community after Boko Haram’s recent raid and he may have died from lack of care as nobody can go to Gulak without being hurt by the insurgents.
Reports from Gulak indicated that his decomposed body was found three days after he died in his Gulak residence because there was nobody to attend to him.
He has since been buried according to Islamic rite.
Before his death, he was a committed community leader.
He is survived by 12 children, many grand and great grandchildren.
Commiserating with the family of Gulak, the Adamawa State Acting Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri described Gellari’s death as a great lost not to the family alone but the entire state and prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased, saying that he died at a time the society relied on his useful advice and wealth of experience.
It would be recalled that some weeks back, Boko Haram insurgents seized Michika and Madagali local government areas of the state, hoisting their flag and many residents were killed while others escaped to Yola, the state capital.
Michika LGA was once again attacked by Boko Haram on October 3, 2014, Friday and the house of a former governor and the present minister for Youth Development, Boni Haruna, was attacked and destroyed.
Meanwhile, House of Reps member representing Madagali/Michika federal constituency Titsi Ganama Kwagga has said the situation in the region has worsened.