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FG, service chiefs condole with Attahiru’s family


Bashir Salihi Magashi

Govs, minister, CAN, Niger leader, others mourn

The Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd.), on behalf of the Federal Government, has paid a condolence visit to the widow of the late Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Mrs. Fati Attahiru, at the Flag House, Niger Barrack, Abuja.

The visit was after the burial of Ibrahim Attahiru, who died with 10 others in a Kaduna plane crash. Accompanied by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) and Chief of Air Staff (CAS), the minster said the visit was to mitigate the excruciating psychological impact of the army chief’s death to the family.

ALSO, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari, the military high command, security chiefs, and families of Attahiru and 10 other officers, who died in the ill-fated military King Air 350 aircraft that crashed on Friday near Kaduna Airport.


In a statement yesterday in Abuja, CAN’s General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, observed that the officers laid down their lives to keep the nation safe from terrorists and other criminal elements.

FORMER Governor of Kaduna State and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caretaker Committee Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, called on the military to pursue the course that Attahiru died for, in combating the nation’s security challenges.

THE Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello, described the late COAS as a committed and dedicated solder who gave his best to his profession.

His Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, stated yesterday: “On behalf of the FCT Administration and residents of the FCT, I extend deepest condolences to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of Defence, Gen. Lucky Irabor (CDS), AVM Isiaka Amao (CAS), officers and men of the Nigerian Army and Airforce as well as the families of the deceased.”


IN the same vein, President Mohamed Bazoum of Niger Republic, called Buhari to console the government and people of Nigeria. Bazoum, who described the plane crash as unfortunate, expressed the condolences of the government and people of his country.

Former Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice in Kano, Maliki Kuliya, said the military officers died when their passion to end the insecurity ravaging the country was at its peak.

Yobe State Governor and Chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC) Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni, expressed shock over the Kaduna air crash.

Buni’s Director of Press and Media Affairs; described the death of Attahiru and senior military officers as a great loss to the nation.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide yesterday consoled with Buhari and the military over the tragedy, saying that the late COAS and others paid the supreme price for peace to return to Northern Nigeria.


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