President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep shock and sorrow over the death of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) in a plane crash on Friday.
Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, with some other military officers were on board a military aircraft that crashed in Kaduna State on Friday, May 21, 2021.
President Buhari in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina, describes the service chief as a hero who paid the ultimate price in service of the country.
He also said that the crash is a ‘mortal blow’ to the efforts of the Armed Forces to end security challenges in Nigeria, but said the death of the officers won’t be in vain.
The president also condoled with the families of the deceased and described them as heroes who paid the ultimate price in service of the country.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is deeply saddened over the air crash that claimed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers.
“The President condoles with families of the deceased, the military, and Nigerians in general, describing them as “heroes who paid the ultimate price for peace and security in the land.”
“While praying that God receives the souls of the patriots, the President says the crash “is one mortal blow to our underbelly, at a time our armed forces are poised to end the security challenges facing the country.”
“The President pledged that the departed would not die in vain.”
President Muhammadu Buhari is deeply saddened over the air crash that claimed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers. pic.twitter.com/0DtDd9YY0D— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) May 21, 2021
Other officers that died in the crash are Brigadier General M.I. Abdulkadir, Brigadier General Olayinka, Brigadier General Kuliya, Major L.A. Hayat, Major Hamza, and Sergeant Umar.
The aircraft crew members that also died are Flight Lieutenants T.O. Asaniyi and A.A. Olufade, and Sergeant Adesina, and ACM Oyedepo.