Manila Bulletin

MNLF chair Yu­sop Jikiri dies

- By NONOY E. LAC­SON Nigeria News · Politics · Moro National Liberation Front · National Liberation Front · Jolo · Bangsamoro Autonomous Region · German Ministry of the Interior · Zamboanga City

ZAM­BOANGA CITY – Moro Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion Front (MNLF) Chair­per­son Yu­sop Jikiri died on Satur­day night from a bone ail­ment in his res­i­dence in Pasil, In­danan, Sulu. He was 69 years old.

Jikiri was born, and took his Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Ed­u­ca­tion at a lo­cal col­lege in Jolo, Sulu.

Jikiri was a soft spo­ken per­son but firm in his de­ci­sion, and was a for­mer gov­er­nor and con­gress­man of Sulu be­fore he be­came the chair­per­son of the MNLF.

Abuam­bri Tad­dik, one of Jikiri’s trusted se­nior staff, and most of the se­nior lead­ers of the MNLF called him their “great­est leader.”

He rose from the ranks and ob­tained his war­fare train­ing abroad, ac­cord­ing to Tad­dik, who now heads the Min­istry of Trade, In­vest­ment and

Tourism (MTIT) of the Bangsamoro Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao (BARMM).

Min­is­ter Naguib Si­narimbo of the BARMM Min­istry of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (MILG) said Jikiri was the for­mer chief of staff of the MNLF's Bangsamoro Army, and, dur­ing the dark years of mar­tial law, he led his forces in de­fend­ing Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties.

He has also served the BARMM peo­ple in dif­fer­ent ca­pac­i­ties in the gov­ern­ment service.

He was re­spon­si­ble for or­ga­niz­ing the MNLF Anti-Kid­nap­ping and Ter­ror­ism Task Force, which is now help­ing the mil­i­tary in the preven­tion of kid­nap­ping in BARMM.

Si­narimbo said he also had the honor of work­ing with him when he served as ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary of the then ARMM af­ter the Maguin­danao mas­sacre.

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