Plane crash: Defence minister mourns late army chief, 10 others

The Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, has described as a rude shock the death of the 21st Chief of Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, barely four months in the saddle.

Magashi said that the mishap that claimed the lives of the Chief of Staff, alongside others senior officers and aides, represents a huge national disaster.

Magashi stated this statement by Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mohammad Abdulkadir, on Saturday in Abuja.

He condoled President Muhammadu Buhari, the Military and the in particular as well as immediate family and Nigeria in general.

Magashi described late Attahiru as a gallant, dogged, disciplined and dedicated senior officer who died in the line of duty to fatherland.

He recalled unblemished track records of to the nation as Director Army Relations (DAPR), Theatre Commander Lafiya Dole and as General Officer Commending, GOC.

He said these dedicated services culminated into elevation to the enviable three star status as Chief of Staff (COAS) in January.

According to Magashi, the emergence of Attahiru as Army boss at such a critical time in the nation’s efforts at surmounting internal security challenges is symbolically strategic but impactful in the annals of the service.

“Although, the late General died when his is needed most, short but eventful tenure as the Chief of Army Staff and over three decades of dedicated, selfless and patriotic will never forgotten,” he said.

Magashi prayed Almighty Allah to forgive the deceased and to grant him Alijannat Firdaus as well as prayed God to grant the nation, the Military constituency and beloved family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss. (NAN)