The Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, has described as a rude shock the death of the 21st Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, barely four months in the saddle.
Magashi described late Attahiru as a gallant, dogged, disciplined and dedicated senior officer who died in the line of duty to his fatherland.
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 service is needed most, his short but eventful tenure as the Chief of Army Staff and over three decades of dedicated, selfless and patriotic service will never been 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 his beloved family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss. (NAN)